Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

Business Studies

Why Study Business Studies at Bolton School?

Selecting this A-Level will give you access to proven excellence: 

  • specifically qualified staff (most other institutions have less academic qualifications within their Business departments)
  • Industrial / real-world experience (you will be taught the ideal and the realistic) by staff who have existed, successfully, outside a classroom and from drawing upon our ‘old-boy’ contacts
  • the experience necessary to encourage, inspire and cajole you towards top grades with the 24/7 support of our departmental blog and peer-led Facebook group

What will I study?

The topics are organised to develop awareness of all the activities that a business undertakes: marketing, finance, production and human resource management. After the theoretical perspective is gained you will be asked to apply concepts to specific, often real-life, businesses. 

You will develop an ability to analyse organisation structures, the markets they serve and the methods and processes they use to add value to products and services. You will be able to assess the validity of alternative approaches and you will examine these from perspectives such as overseas locations, a range of stakeholders, and the impact of competition. Conceptual knowledge is augmented by a range of practical skills such as numerical problem-solving, data analysis and financial decision-making techniques. You will be taught to evaluate business activities to provide well-reasoned arguments based on quantitative and qualitative factors. 

How will I be assessed?

AS (via internal examination) A Level
Paper 1: Three compulsory sections: Paper 1: Three compulsory sections: 15 MCQ’s
10 MCQ’s followed by SAQ’s  followed by SAQ’s ending with 2 essays
ending with 2 data response stimuli  each a choice of one from two questions
50% of AS: 80 marks -1½ hour exam   ⅓ of A-Level: 100 marks – 2 hour examination
  Paper 2 Three compulsory data response questions,
Paper 2 One compulsory case study    made up of three or four parts
of approximately 7 questions   ⅓ of A-Level: 100 marks - 2 hour examination
50% of AS: 80 marks-1½ hour exam              Paper 3  One compulsory case study of approximately 6 questions
  ⅓ of A-Level: 100 marks – 2 hour examination

Desirable requirements:

There are no specific entry requirements. However, good levels of numeracy and literacy are essential. Some questions will require calculation using formulae and all answers must be cogent so that fluent writing is crucial.

Where will it lead?

Very few options are ruled out by studying Business at A-Level and although a couple of universities do not offer higher level degrees dedicated to this field, it is worth noting that the Saïd Business School is an academic department of Oxford University. The popularity of the subject usually means that over three-quarters of leavers go on to study it at degree level. Beyond this, employers tend to value this qualification due to the decision-making and evaluation skills it has at its core.