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A Level Business Studies

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 


Overview of the course: 

Awarding Body - AQA

Students will study business in a variety of different contexts, for example, large and small businesses, UK and global businesses. The topics are engaging and encourage students to think critically about contemporary business issues, based on real business situations. The first year is all about understanding types of businesses and the key functional areas within a business with the second year focusing more on the overall business strategy. Students will take the AS exams at the end of year one and A level exams at the end of year two.

It should be noted also that lots of students are using A-level Business as a stepping stone into another field, perhaps onto a totally unrelated course like Pharmacy. These students have chosen A-level Business Studies because it provides an interesting and alternative A-level to study in addition to their science based choices.

Entry requirements: 

For A level Business you will need to have Grade 5 or above in either GCSE Mathematics or English.

For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of five Grade 9-4 passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of six Grade 9 -4 passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at 9-7 grade.
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


AS Level:

-What is business?
-Managers, leadership and decision making
-Decision making to improve marketing performance
-Decision making to improve operational performance
-Decision making to improve financial performance
-Decision making to improve human resource performance


All of the above, plus:

-Analysing the strategic position of a business
-Choosing strategic direction
-Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
-Managing strategic change

How is the course assessed?: 

Written examinations in June. Regular homework and class assessment

Further study options after this course: 

As many Higher Education courses relate to the business world it is no surprise that many A-level Business students continue to take business related courses at University.
Students can take a Business or Management degree course before they specialise or apply for work through the many graduate recruitment schemes offered by large companies.
Alternatively, students can specialise into their chosen field such as Marketing or Accounting by doing a specific course at University.

Length of the course: 

2 Years, Full Time.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (27 Jun 2019 13:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

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