Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Business Studies

Business Studies

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WJEC A-level Business

Plan on joining the world of work and industry? Whether it’s setting up your own small business or working for a global multinational, many of the key areas of understanding and useful skills are introduced within this course.

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The Business Studies A-level aims to encourage learners to develop a critical understanding of business organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value.

Today, business is ‘big business’. To be successful every organisation needs a business strategy that will see them not just grow their market share but do so in a profitable manner. It has also become increasingly important that businesses are ethical in their handling of not only their employees but also their environmental processes.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B and Maths/Numeracy grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

As part of the course you will develop an awareness of the impact external factors, such as the economy, governmental and legal issues have on businesses. You will also acquire a range of skills, including decision-making, problem solving and an ability to evaluate where appropriate.

Units to be studied include:

  • Planning and financing a business – develop an understanding of the functional areas of a business, including marketing, human resources and production and how they contribute to the competitiveness of a business
  • Managing a business – develop an understanding of the financial measures required to establish how well a business is managed and should be able to understand the actions that can be taken to improve financial performance
  • Strategies for success – a study of the strategies businesses can adopt for success and will focus on larger businesses which may be trading in international markets
  • The business environment and managing change – examine how external factors can impact upon businesses and the responses they may take

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Actuarial analyst, Arbitrator, Business adviser, Business analyst, Business development manager, Chartered Management Accountant, Corporate investment banker, Data analyst, Data scientist, Forensic accountant, Insurance underwriter, Management consultant, Project manager, Risk Manager, Stockbroker, Supply chain manager.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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