Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Business Studies

AS / A Level 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.

BTEC Business Studies

Course Content

Do you have a keen interest in finding out about how businesses work and enjoy study that is based on realistic workplace situations? This course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge of the business environment preparing you for higher education and employment.

This vocational course is highly practical in nature and includes a mixture of internally assessed coursework and controlled assignments, as well as externally assessed examinations.

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.


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.

AS / A Level Economics

Course Content

Economics is the study of how to manage scarce resources and the choices faced by individuals, firms and governments. Students will explore a variety of markets and economies from around the world and look at how intervention in these markets and economies can raise standards of living. The study of Economics encourages students to ‘think as economists’ and develop a range of analytical, questioning and reasoning skills. Students will develop a strong grounding in both microeconomics and macroeconomics, drawing on local, national and global contexts. Students will learn to explain, analyse and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of the government within a market economy, and be able to criticise economic models of enquiry, recognising the limitations of economic models.


Students have been successful in progressing to a range of universities from LSE, Warwick, Durham, Newcastle and Northumbria to De Montfort to study economics, economics and finance, mathematics with economics and other business degrees. An Economics course provides a good grounding for employment in a wide variety of careers within the finance sector such as accountancy and investment banking. Similarly it is a well-received subject for careers in business in areas such as marketing and manufacturing.

BTEC Level 2 Business

If you have not quite achieved what you would have liked to at GCSE, don’t worry we can help! We provide a range of options that you can study over a one-year period, which on successful completion will allow you to bridge that gap and move to Level 3 programmes of study.

Course Content

There are many types of business in the UK. These range from small firms owned and run by just one self-employed person, through to large companies which employ thousands of staff all over the world. On this practical, work-related course, you will complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You’ll learn essential skills such as business enterprise, project management, selling and promoting a brand, and financial awareness, from planning to making a profit