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Business Studies

Entry requirements

4 in GCSE English Language and

4 in GCSE Maths

What will I study

You will explore how a business is run and the decision processes that take place in some of the world’s most influential corporations. 

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

How will I be assessed?

The A-level is assessed through three external exams each comprising 33% of the final overall grade and each two hours in length.

Business exam 1

Section A has 15 multiple choice questions worth 15 marks.

Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.

Sections C and D have two essay questions (both of which give a choice of one question from two options) worth 25 marks each.

Business exam 2

Three compulsory data response questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Business exam 3

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions .

Is this subject for me?

This A-level business course introduces you to all you need to know about working in business, providing a solid foundation for further study. With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you’ll learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers.

Where can this lead me?

If you’d like to study business, finance or management at university, A-level business provides an excellent foundation. The skills you learn are transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers. Whatever you choose to do in the future, you’ll find that the things you learn in this course will help. For example, you’ll probably work with lots of different people, so knowledge of motivational theory will help you to work well with others and help them achieve their potential. You might have ambitious plans to start your own business. If that’s the case, you’ll find the marketing and finance topics particularly useful.

What else is there?

You will develop a range of skills relating to – for example – research, analysis, evaluation, communication, working with others and independence. Debating competitions, conferences and off-site visits also make a valuable contribution to learning within this course.

We also have many links to large local businesses.

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