Business Studies A-Level

Why study business studies?

A-Level business is the study of the application of business concepts through an active understanding of the subject, there is focus on entrepreneurship, customer service, emerging markets, globalisation and migration. The course will help to develop a range of important and transferable skills such as data management, evaluating evidence, planning and conducting research.

Where will this lead?

This course is an excellent foundation for all business and management degrees.

A clear understanding of the functions of business enables students to make choices about specific degrees relating to the functional areas of business, such as marketing, finance or human resource management.

It also provides a sound base for students wishing to embark upon management training courses with large corporate organisations.

What will I be learning about?

There are 10 key areas that you will study over the two years. Year one units include:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance

In year two you will study:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

The work in Year 13 builds on that in Year 12 by considering more complex business scenarios and

focusing on strategy, as opposed to tactics. You will also examine the ways in which businesses can

manage change successfully when responding to external stimuli.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of Year 13 you will take three examinations, which cover the content from both years.

These will include multiple choice questions, short answer questions, data response questions, longer essay questions and a case study followed by questions.

What are the entry requirements?

Eight 9-4 at GCSE level including minimum level 5 in English and mathematics. You must be passionate about exploring business and keeping abreast of current affairs. Business studies at GCSE is helpful but not a necessity.