Faculty of Business and IT
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Business and IT Level 3 - A Level Victoria House 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

The focus of AQA AS Business is on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national markets. It covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success. It considers how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions throughout the business. A Level Business builds on the AS units by considering more complex business scenarios and focusing on strategy.

The course will be taught by the use of small group work, self-directed research and presentation, class discussion and lectures. All units taught in year one are assessed across two papers at the end of the year. Paper 1 is assessed through multiple choice questions, short answer questions and mini case study data response questions. Paper 2 is assessed by short answer questions and the use of a case study for data response questions. There is no course work option.

What topics will I study?

During the first year students will study six units, including:

  • What is Business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing, operations, finance and human resources

During the second year students will study strategic decision making which will build on the functional areas from year one.

What experiences will I get?

You will have opportunities to take part in business challenge competitions.

What are the entry requirements?

Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in Maths and six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: You must enjoy reading and Maths, following business developments and thinking critically about contemporary business issues. If you enter the course with a grade 4 in Maths you will be required to attend additional sessions in core mathematic skills for business.

What can I study alongside this course?

Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate. It goes particularly well with Maths, English Language, Sociology and Modern Foreign Languages.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in Victoria House. Many Business classrooms are fully equipped with IT suites.

What can the course lead on to?

A Level Business Studies is an excellent preparation for Further and Higher Education courses in all business related areas and other academic courses in Higher Education. Business Studies is a useful qualification for those intending to progress into a wide variety of careers in business and management.

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click to view the fees for September 2018.

What do our students think?


Business is not just a subject for studying, as the understanding I've gained will also help with planning my future career path."

Gives a wider understanding of the current economy and so it links in with daily events happening in the news."

I liked the research theme aspect as I was able to get a real feel for business in action and then relate this back to what we have learnt in the syllabus."

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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