Business Studies

Course Overview

Business Studies is a valuable subject whether you take just the Advanced Subsidiary or the full A Level.

The course looks at the decisions that have to be taken by the managers in all organisations (both private businesses and those controlled by the government). Today’s A Level students are the managers of tomorrow. So no matter what your chosen career an understanding of Business Studies will be very useful to you.

We also look at the issues involved in setting up and running your own business.

The behaviour of a wide variety of organisations will be investigated in terms of their ability to meet society’s needs and wants and also the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities they face. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to generate enterprising and creative solutions to business problems and issues. The course has three main sections:

  • The business framework (an introduction to the course)
  • Business functions (Marketing, Accounting, Human Resources, Operations)
  • Business decision making, strategy and planning (studied in the second year of the course)

Updated September 2016

Entry Requirements

No previous knowledge of the subject is required. You do not need to have taken the subject at GCSE, however a C grade in mathematics and English Language is essential.

Course Delivery

The course is assessed through four examinations (two in each year). A variety of resources are used by a very experienced team of staff. There is a great deal of emphasis on use of past papers and this has resulted in outstanding results way above national averages. Students have a minimum of four and a half hours formal teaching a week although a larger number of extra study opportunities exist for students who wish to do more such as revision work shops.

A variety of resources are used by a very experienced team of staff. There is a great deal of emphasis on use of past papers and this has resulted in outstanding results way above national averages. Students have four and a half hours formal teaching a week although a larger number of extra study opportunities exist for students who wish to do more such as revision work shops.

Progression Opportunities

There is no limit to the career areas that Business Studies is applicable to. Even in many public sector institutions such as education and the NHS, organisations are increasingly having to act in a business-like fashion so an understanding of business concepts and theories is valuable to all career-minded A Level students. Some of our students are already clear that they want to set up their own business one day but most end up as managers in a wide range of environments.

A large number of our students go on to study the subject at university because they realise how valuable this will be to their future.

HE courses taught at Gower College Swansea which you can progress to include the HND Business and Accountancy and the HND in Business and Enterprise (both franchised from the University of South Wales).

Additional Information

A deposit is required against the non return of textbooks. If the textbooks are returned in good condition the deposit is returned in full

There is also an Express A Level option (one year course). This is usually targeted at students who already have studied at the college for at least one year but in some circumstances new students can apply

Contact

Chris Tubb on 01792 890700

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A Level and GCSE
Business, Accountancy and Law

Venue(s)

Gorseinon
Course deliverable in Welsh:
No