Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Business Studies

AS / A2 Business Studies

Course Content

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically and make informed decisions; all skills that are required to be successful in any business environment.

Understanding the nature and purpose of business, mangers, leadership and decision making are just some of the topics that are included in the course. As well this you will be expected to analyse the strategic position of a business, taking into account the internal factors and external environment that can impact upon the success and competitiveness of an organisation. You will also explore all the major business functions such as marketing, finance and human resource management.


Assessment will be in the format of three, 2 hour external examinations that include a variety of assessment styles that consist of multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies.

Each paper will be out of 100 marks and equate to 33.3% of A-level weighting.


The majority of our students go on to study a Business related degree at universities such as Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham, Teesside, Lancaster and York.

Employment Opportunities – Apprenticeship and employment opportunities in Accounting and Finance, Administration and Marketing are just some of the progression routes that our students have also obtained.

2016 results – 100% Pass Rate and 46% High Grades

BTEC Business Studies

Course Content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is an 18 unit programme, equivalent to three A levels. Nine units are studied in each of the two years, covering a wide range of business functions. You will be able to study core business units alongside specialist units in both Marketing and Law that are delivered by subject experts. Should you wish to study the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business you will complete a 12 unit programme, equivalent to two A levels.

You will study the core Business units alongside a choice of either Marketing or Law specialist units.


This vocational course is highly practical in nature and, as there are no examinations, is particularly suited to students who prefer to be assessed through coursework. It offers you the opportunity to learn about the key business functions such as marketing, finance and human resource management through focused assignments based on real business scenarios, giving you hands-on experience of businesses in action.

You will develop an understanding of business concepts and theories by applying them to practical situations. Assignments are graded at Distinction, Merit or Pass.


Past students have progressed on to university courses, often in business related subjects such as Accounting, Marketing, Management and Human Resources. The units covered lend themselves well to progression onto degree courses in Business, Marketing and Law but previous students have gone on to study a wide range of other subjects.

Previous students have who have chosen to go directly into employment have taken up careers in areas such as management trainee programmes, retail, business administration apprenticeships or alternatively parallel careers in, for example, local government, health care, or law.

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