Why study this course?

Fancy yourself at the head of a successful business? Got some great ideas for new products or services? Or maybe you want to work for a large company by working in marketing or management.

No matter what your vision, the Business Studies A Level course gives you an incredibly powerful start to launch you on to becoming a business person. All the key topics of starting and running a business are covered. Armed with this knowledge, maybe you could be giving Richard Branson or Sir Alan Sugar a run for their money in a few years time.

Business Studies is a well-established A level course with a long history of excellent results. Last year 66% of our Business Studies students achieved either an A or B grade. The teaching staff in the department have a wealth of experience, indeed all staff are A level examiners for the AQA examination board.

How is the course structured?

Theme 1: Marketing and people
Students will develop an understanding of:
• meeting customer needs
• the market
• marketing mix and strategy
• managing people
• entrepreneurs and leaders.

Theme 2: Managing business activities
Students will develop an understanding of:
• raising finance
• financial planning
• managing finance
• resource management
• external influences.

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. Students will develop an understanding of:
• business objectives and strategy
• business growth
• decision-making techniques
• influences on business decisions
• assessing competitiveness
• managing change.

Theme 4: Global business
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. Students will develop an understanding of:
• globalisation
• global markets and business
• global marketing
• global industries and companies
(multinational corporations).

What are the entry requirements?

It is expected that students will have obtained at least five good quality GCSEs including both Maths and English. The students are not expected to have taken business studies before. It would be very useful to have an interest in the business world.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Students who take Business Studies often also study Accounting, Computing, Economics, Modern Languages or Maths. But students committed to the Arts or Sciences should also consider taking Business Studies in this cost centred world.

What career paths would this course lead to?

As explained earlier, this A Level will get you started in business and give you the skills and knowledge to progress to higher education. You could work for a corporation, or maybe a management consultancy. All businesses (and other organisations like charities and hospitals) need sound business skills behind them. Most students have opted
to study Business at University or have followed careers in Accountancy or Retail Management.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • How to assemble data and assess it
  • How to put over your point of view fluently
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to work as a team to achieve results

What Extra Opportunities are available?

Plenty! At the end of the AS year, you will take part in the ‘Malbank does the Apprentice' challenge, which involves a challenge similar to those shown in the popular TV series. Last year students were also invited to take part in the Bentley challenge which proved to be a really worthwhile experience. There are also two revision conferences in Manchester that students are encouraged to attend, which have been very popular with students in the past. We are extremely grateful to a number of guest speakers who visit the school every year to help share their expertise in areas such as finance and human resources for example.

Finally, all students are given the opportunity to give something back to the local community (whilst enhancing their own CV and UCAS application of course!) by volunteering to spend their option K time at a local primary school undertaking the role of a business expert helping the Year 6 students run their Enterprise projects.