About this course
The Business Studies A2 programme is a one-year course of study, that should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
What you will study
A2 Business Studies follows on from AS, and covers two units:
- Unit 3 Business Analysis and Strategy
Unit 3 builds on the theory introduced in Units 1 and 2 and as the title suggests, the emphasis in this unit is on understanding and using analytical techniques and developing appropriate business strategies.
Students will need to understand, construct and analyse a range of decision-making models and appraisal methods used by businesses to decide on their strategy. Learners need to develop analytical skills to investigate business opportunities and problems in a number of different contexts and evaluate a range of quantitative and qualitative data to suggest possible strategic responses from businesses.
This exam will be assessed using a variety of questions based on mini-business related scenarios.
- Unit 4: Business in a Changing World
Unit 4 will assess the full A Level content, and focuses on how businesses adapt to succeed in a dynamic external environment.
Students will need to understand that the business world never stands still and that there are continuous opportunities and threats to businesses of all sizes. Pupils will also need to appreciate that regardless of size, businesses now operate in a global marketplace and they need to consider a wide range of external factors that affect their day-to-day activities, decision-making and strategy.
Learners are required to integrate the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in all four units to display a holistic understanding of business activity and the environment in which they operate.
This exam will be assessed using a case study and a choice of essays.
Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
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Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Business Studies
- Hospitality, Leisure, And Tourism
- Human Resource Management
- Management Studies
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