Why Study Business?

Business Studies is an exciting, dynamic and ever changing subject. It is relevant to everyone whether you will be running your own business empire, working for someone else or are a consumer wishing to know your rights. Any student who has an interest in current affairs and the world of work should find the course enjoyable and satisfying.

During the two years of the course you will cover several elements of business, starting by looking inside the business at the different functional areas, marketing, finance, human resources and operations, giving consideration to the activities they undertake and their role in the success of a business. You will also spend time identifying the external influences on a business, such as changes in the economy
or competition, whilst establishing the impact of these on different businesses and have the opportunity to discuss suitable responses, giving thought to how businesses look to manage change and minimise risk.

Assessment is 100% externally assessed and places an emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to specific situations and businesses. It looks to develop student’s skills of analysis and evaluation, giving students a critical understanding and the ability to assess information from a variety of sources, both text and data, before making a judgement about it.

Why Study Business at Worcester Sixth Form College?

You will have the opportunity to take part in our Entrepreneur Day, where students get to hear from real entrepreneurs and have a go at creating and promoting their own business idea. In the past a number of trips have been organised, to companies such as Cadbury World, Bristol Zoo and Alton Towers, revision conferences and overnight trips to Rome and London. We have also successfully competed in a number of local and national business competitions.

Progression Opportunities

Successful completion of the Business A Level has seen students progress to a wide variety of destinations, particularly business-related courses or those combined with subjects such as Finance, IT or a language. Alternatively, there are many opportunities in employment, often with additional training.

Business profile student

Rachel Wakefield

Business Studies - Bishop Perowne CE College
I chose to study Business Studies at A Level to expand my knowledge further in the subject, having also studied it at GCSE. Applying theory to current affairs and analyzing the success of existing businesses, this in combination with A Level English Literature & Language and Sociology, has built the perfect foundation for my degree. Aiding my ability in essay writing, analysis and application, these are all skills which I have improved upon because of studying Business Studies at A Level. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the subject and it has helped me to develop a concrete understanding which will be fundamental for my chosen career path in human resources. The opportunity to undertake an EPQ relating to business culture has also helped me gain a wider knowledge outside of the curriculum. After College, I am going to study Business Management with a year in industry at at a Russell Group university.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Business Studies44Interest in current affairs. Confidence with figures.Yr 1: optional trip £20-25 Yr 2: optional trip £20-25

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