Business Studies is a social science involving the study of business activity and its influence on society. This course will help students to understand how and why business decisions are made, and draws upon business practices at local, national and global levels. It is taught through a blend of theory and application where students learn concepts and solve problems encountered by businesses.
The course also aims to develop evaluative and decision-making skills as well as the ability to manage and communicate information in an effective way.
At AS level the following topics are covered:
Business and the Environment, People in Organisations, Marketing, Operations Management , Business Accounting and Finance, and numerate techniques for Business Studies.
During the A2 year, extension topics are studied and include communication, further human resource management and cash flow management and budgeting.
The level of mathematical ability for the course is not high, but the standard of written English required is, especially at A2 level where the students are expected to write essays in continuous prose. Students who have difficulty reading large amounts of English text will find Business Studies a challenging subject at A level.
This course provides an excellent opportunity for students who wish to extend their understanding of business concepts and practices. It also provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue Business, Commerce and Law degrees in the future.
Business Studies will combine well with most other A level subjects, including other social sciences, humanities and Mathematics. However, we do not recommend that students choose all three of Business Studies, Accounting and Economics, as this combination may result in an unnecessarily narrow range of tertiary options. There is some overlap in the syllabus content of the three subjects, particularly between Accounting and Business Studies (about 15%).