At a glance – the CCSS approach

The entrepreneurial culture is alive and thriving in Cambridge. Today’s SME’s (small to medium-sized enterprises) represent the growth of the future. Independent, open-minded, creative and practically-minded people are the life-blood of the nation. These are the type of people who will thrive on this fast-track Business Studies course.

This course is challenging, just like setting up a new business. The student must be hardworking, self-reliant and self-disciplined. However, the rewards are not just in terms of good examination result: this course may inspire you to consider being one of the UK’s budding entrepreneurs.

Former CCSS students have gone on to launch their own successful businesses and they return to CCSS to talk to students about their experiences. They embody the qualities of determination, confidence and creativity we seek to encourage on this course.

Students will be expected to research local companies such as the Cambridge Satchel Company and consider the reasons for its success. This will involve apply basic business studies tools such as cash flow, the product life cycle model and employee motivation schools of thought.

If these models are not applicable, students will be encouraged to develop their own models of human behaviour in the business world. This is very important as the business world is rarely “black and white”; strategic decision-making is based on evaluation of the potential costs and benefits.

Students should not fear failure, or getting it wrong, as in the business world failure is seen as part of the learning process.

This course will require PERSISTENCE, but it will deliver an insight into the mindset of a successful entrepreneur.

Exam Board: AQA (No coursework)

Suitable combinations

Most other disciplines! Students have successfully taken the subject with Maths, Modern Languages and the Humanities.

After A  Level

Business fits in with most other A Levels and is accepted by all universities. Not only does the A-level help with the early stages of the subject at degree level, but it can provide useful background to any other professional discipline.