Course details may be subject to change. If you are interested in studying A Levels at New College Durham please just complete one application form and you will be able to choose your subjects once you have had your interview. You do not need to apply for each of the subjects you are interested.
This A-Level in Business Studies is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories, and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations.
You will study engaging topics and issues that are relevant in society, as well as key contemporary developments, such as digital technology and business ethics. Globalisation is covered throughout the topics.
You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in business or want to develop your understanding of the business world, A-Level Business is a great choice for you. This qualification will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that are relevant to a wide range of industries, and it will prepare you for further study or employment.
You will hold five GCSEs, including maths, English and Business (if taken at GCSE) at grade 5.
You will also hold three additional GCSEs at grade 4 or above.
What are the next steps?
You will be invited to attend a meet the tutor chat with one of our A-Levels team.
Please bring evidence of your grades or predicted grades.
- develop an enthusiasm for studying business
- gain holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
- develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
- understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
- generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
- be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
- acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
- apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.
You will study the following modules:
- 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
- Analysing the strategic position of a business
- Choosing strategic direction
- Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
- Managing strategic change
Teaching and Assessment
You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods, such as:
- activities in class
- internal assessments
You will sit two external exams at the end the year one, and three external exams at the end of year two.
You could progress to study Business & Management at NCD's University Centre, or a relevant business degree at university.