|Examination Board||Cambridge International Examinations|
|Entry Requirements||IGCSE Grades C in Business Studies (desirable but not essential)|
Business Studies A-Level is a realistic and stimulating subject that applies well-grounded theories to real life business case studies. Students that have studied Cambridge IGCSE Business will find this an advantage, although we welcome students who have a combination of good IGCSE results in English, Maths and ICT. While there is no coursework, written homework will need to be completed for weekly assessment to ensure readiness for the two summer exams. Those students with a creative streak will enjoy chapters on marketing, while those with a head for figures will feel quite at home with the financial aspects.
There are six units to cover across two years of fast paced and challenging study. They include the following topics:
- Unit 1 – Business and its Environment
- Unit 2- People in organisations
- Unit 3 – Marketing
- Unit 4- Operations and Project Management
- Unit 5- Finance and Accounting
- Unit 6 – Strategic Management
AS Paper 1 (Based on Core topics) 1 hour 15 mins
Section A: 4 short answer questions
Section B: Essay on Core curriculum (1 from a choice of 3 questions) 25%
Paper 2 (Based on Core topics) 1 hour 30 mins
2 data response questions – 25%
A2 Paper 3 (Based on Core+ Extension topics) 3 hours
Case study: 5 questions + 1 essay (from a choice of 2) – 50%
Careers and Progression
The Cambridge IGCE qualification is demanding in terms of both breadth and depth of knowledge; it is therefore highly respected by employers and universities alike. The knowledge acquired over the course of two years study will prove invaluable. Employers always appreciate the highly relevant skill set that is a huge advantage in most work environments.
What Cambridge say about this IGCE qualification: “The Business Studies syllabus enables learners to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society. The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Learners examine the management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment.