Business Studies A Level

Course Description

The Business Department at Bolton Sixth Form College is a fantastic place to study. The staff are friendly, helpful and supportive and the standard of teaching is excellent. The results are outstandingly high and students achieve well above the national average. This established and highly successful subject provides a good springboard into the dynamic world of business.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/ A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

The college teaches to the AQA syllabus and includes the following:
• 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

Business Studies is a very popular and well established subject. As most of us work in some form of business organisation, it is without doubt one of the most important and relevant subjects to study. It combines well with almost any other subject and it is held in high regard by universities and employers. Throughout the course you will develop transferable skills which you will be able to implement in your future chosen career path skills including the ability to problem solve, analyse and make evaluative judgements.

Links with other subjects:

Business Studies links well with Economics, Accounting, ICT and Mathematics.

Future Career Opportunities

Studying A Level Business Studies opens many doors and the majority of our students go on to higher education to study Business related degrees such as Economics, Law, Accounting, Marketing, Leisure and Tourism, Politics and Business itself.  Future careers include teaching, marketing, management, owning your own business, finance and accounting, banking and working in the retail sector.

Why Study at BSFC?

You can be assured of a warm welcome by our staff. The department prides itself on the guidance and support we give to our students. All students are valued and included and regardless of your ability you are encouraged to achieve your full potential. We have excellent resources including first-rate IT facilities which will help enhance your learning. Visiting speakers are encouraged and they bring their real life experiences to our classrooms. The course is taught by experienced staff and results are consistently high and students achieve well above the national average. Results in recent years have been in the top 25% and around 50% of our students achieve between A* and B grades.