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Business Studies

A level

Develop your skills in decision-making, problem-solving and critical analysis as you evaluate businesses and the markets they serve. Our key aim is to nurture your enthusiasm for learning about modern business issues, introducing you to the wide range of activities that go on in a business and illustrating how decisions are taken in an ever-changing environment.

You will gain an understanding of the business world from the perspectives of various stakeholders such as customers, managers, owners, shareholders, employees and society in general. You will also learn that businesses cannot operate in isolation, but are affected by economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, with reference to real-world businesses being made throughout your studies.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Click here for a full list of Course Costs

Course Content

Businesses are at the heart of the UK economy, innovating new products, meeting customer needs, developing the skills of their workers and creating wealth for local communities.

You will touch on the creative elements of marketing, motivating people, managing resources and psychologically understanding customers.

Year 1:

You will investigate the purpose, type and size of local and international business, giving you an understanding of how businesses grow and develop.

You will then explore how businesses use, manage and balance their financial resources to pay employees and make their product.

You will be introduced to the world of marketing, conducting your own market research and developing a marketing plan.

Finally, you will learn how to motivate your employees to work hard and stay in your business; looking at the techniques used by businesses to plan how many employees, what skills and what roles they need.

Year 2: You will develop work-based skills such as teamwork, idea development, formulating career plans, event management and creative promotions.

The year focuses on teaching you skills that will complement higher study or employment after Long Road.


You will be assessed by a combination of internally-assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.

Special Features

There will be opportunities to develop your presentation skills during class and group activities.

Opportunities exist to visit businesses throughout the UK such as Thorpe Park,  and Chelsea Football Club. During these trips students will attend business talks related to topics they are studying on the course.

We also promote employability skills and have visits to Anglia Ruskin University for taster days and talks from industry professionals such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


Is it for me?

You will enjoy and benefit from Business if you:

  • are interested in the business world;
  • want to know how different employers motivate their workers;
  • watch the news or read newspapers;
  • would like to know why consumers are switching from shopping at Tesco to shopping at Aldi;
  • would like to learn about the ‘tricks’ retailers use to persuade us to buy more;
  • like, and are confident working with, numbers: understanding Finance is essential for a business;
  • want to know why Nike continually introduce new styles of trainers like their Harris Tweed design;
  • like expressing and justifying your own views and opinions;
  • can explain your reasons for reaching a certain conclusion;
  • want to understand drinks companies’ reasons for having a range of brands;
  • would like to develop basic skills which may help you start your own business one day;
  • are interested in how interest rates affect individual consumers and businesses.






Entry Requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 in a range of subjects including English.

A grade 4 or equivalent is required in Business Studies if taken at GCSE level and a grade 5 in Maths.


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