Applied Business Studies (Bryn Celynnog)

Level:  AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:  WJEC

Location:  Bryncelynnog


This course encourages students to take a problem-solving approach to Business Studies in order to help them understand the nature and operation of business and industry and to develop their ability to recognise, define, analyse and evaluate problems.  Whenever appropriate, ICT resources are used e.g. construction of break-even charts and internet based researches.

The course can be studied at AS or A level a summary of the scheme of assessment for AS and A level is set out in the table below.


AS Modules


The Business Framework


Short answer questions, all compulsory – (20%)


Business Functions

Data response plus short answer questions, all compulsory – (30%)

A2 Modules


Business Decision Making


Compulsory questions based on a case study – (25%)


Business Strategy and Practise

Section A – Compulsory short answer questions and problem solving questions.


Section B – One synoptic essay from a choice of 3.

– (25%)

Requirements/Skills for entry onto the course

No prerequisite subject qualifications expected, but a high level of numeracy and literacy is required.  Good ICT skills would also be beneficial.  Involvement in this course will result in the development of higher level skills – especially these of analysis and evaluation.

Career Opportunities

This course is a demanding but highly interesting one and would be an excellent preparation for those anticipating a business related degree course or perhaps a career in commerce and industry.

 Staff to consult for further information

Mrs N Phillips, Miss L Whitcombe

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