Business Studies: AS and A Level | Loughborough College

AS and A Level in
Business Studies

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A Level Business Studies is a two-year course, offering a range of subject areas for you to study in a variety of contexts. It covers all types of businesses from large to small, UK-focused to global, and service to manufacturing. The course provides you with an opportunity to research current topical business issues and develop a full range of academic skills.

Course Content

Year 1 will address:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance

Year 2 units (also drawing on AS knowledge) will address:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business (A Level only)
  • Choosing strategic direction (A Level only)
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A Level only)
  • Managing strategic change (A Level only)


Assessment methods will reflect business situations in an examination context. AS is assessed by two exams covering 1-6 of subjects above. The second year assesses all subject areas above through three exams.


You will gain a number of key skills from this course, including problem solving and a developed critical understanding of the internal functions of a business, a range of stakeholder perspectives, and the major topical issues that can generate change for a business.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 and GCSE Maths at grade 6
  • A previous study of business is not a requirement; however, you should have an interest in business and be prepared to use a variety of communicative skills.
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Progression Opportunities

A Level Business Studies will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to progress into Higher Education. It is well regarded by both universities and employers; with opportunities in a variety of organisations, including companies or management consultancies.

All businesses and other organisations, such as charities and hospitals, need people who are skilled in business.

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Key Facts


  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact Student Recruitment for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 18/19ASQBUS

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