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A-Level Business Studies

Course Code: OSC1153

Course Overview

Study A-Level Business Studies from home – your route to academic success!

This new A-Level course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content.

On this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with

Studying A-Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared. A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A-Level.

  • Special offer - Enrol on 2 A-levels, GCSEs, or IGCSEs and get the third for £250
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Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Qualification Code: 9BS0

    Theme 1: Marketing and People
    • Meeting customer needs
    • The market
    • Marketing mix and strategy
    • Managing people
    • Entrepreneurs and leaders
    Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
    • Raising finance
    • Financial planning
    • Managing finance
    • Resource management
    • External influence
  • Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
    • Business objectives and strategies
    • Business growth
    • Decision-making techniques
    • Influences on business decisions
    • Assessing competitiveness
    • Managing change
    Theme 4: Global Business
    • Globalisation
    • Global markets and business expansion
    • Global marketing
    • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

Other Information

  • Assessment

    To achieve the full Business Studies A-Level you will be assessed across the four themes. All themes will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

    • Paper 1: Marketing, People and Global Business – 9BS0/01
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Weighing: 35% of A-Level
    • Total Marks: 100
    • Assessed: Any content from themes 1-4 and from local, national and global contexts.
    • Assessment format: Data response questions including one extended open-response question

     

    • Paper 2: Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy – 9BS0/02
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Weighing: 35% of A-Level
    • Total Marks: 100
    • Assessed: Any content from themes 2-3 and from local, national and global contexts.
    • Assessment format: Data response questions including one extended open-response question

     

    • Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment – 9BS0/03
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 2 hours
    • Weighing: 30% of A-Level
    • Total Marks: 100
    • Assessed: Any content from all themes and from local, national and global contexts.
    • Assessment format: Data response questions including one extended open-response question

     

    For Paper 3, there will be a pre-released context document issued on the Pearson website in November of the previous year

    Course Duration

    You have 2 years to complete this course. Your only deadlines are the A-Level examinations, which take place in June. You can book onto these examinations whenever you are ready and we can provide you with a list of exam centres to help you with this. Students are advised to contact Pearson Edexcel exam centres well in advance of their intended exam dates, as cut-off dates sometimes change.

  • Study Method

    This course enables you to study for an A-Level in Business Studies by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or via email, you choose! Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course pack will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

    Course Outcome

    Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an A-Level in Business Studies issued by Edexcel. 

course questions & answers

Is this the same qualification as an A-Level from a school or college?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

It is recommended that you have a reasonable GCSE grade in Business Studies to enrol on this course. However, this is not essential.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
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  • * Not included with the online study option
Is there a required reading list?

There is no required reading for this A-level. However you will need to conduct your own research using the internet.

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A-Level examinations in order to fully complete this course. The first available examination date for this syllabus is in June 2017. The examinations run on specific dates, which can be obtained by visiting the Edexcel website. You will be required to book these examinations yourself; however, we can provide a list of A-Level test centres around the country for you to arrange this.

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to pay a fee to the examination centre of your choice and your exam when taking the A-Level exams.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A-Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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