Overview

This course encourages the practical application of business concepts by exploring events in the business world and relating these to theories and practice. The course is assessed purely by examination and covers real-life business issues, such as how to lead and manage a successful business and the decision-making involved in order to improve business performance.  Students will also look at the wider influences on businesses through strategic planning, finance and the economy. They will have the opportunity to complete group work and conduct independent research ahead of the final year exam, enabling them to develop the transferable, academic skills required in higher education.

What goes well with this course?

Business goes well with the majority of subjects, particularly:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Media Studies
  • Politics

Progression

Many students go on to study degree courses in Business Management or related areas such as Management Science, Accountancy, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and Banking. An A Level qualification in Business can help set students apart from other applicants and provide them with essential knowledge that will help prepare them for the world of work.

Course Content

This course covers a wide range of business topics including:

  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Operations Management
  • Finance & Accounting
  • The external environment and how it influences business
  • Business Strategy and Decision-making
  • Global Business

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

In recent years, A Level Business students have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related trips, including:

  • A trip to Prague
  • A trip to Madrid

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.

Assessment

This is a two year course which is 100% examination based. Students will sit three external examinations in June of the second year. 

The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:

  • Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 4 in English Language, or
  • Grade 4 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language

GCSE Business is not a requirement.

There is a significant financial element to the A Level course. Strong numerical skills and the desire to learn how to calculate financial information and interpret financial data is therefore essential.

Students will enjoy this course if they are able to:

  • Research and discuss key business issues
  • Develop an understanding of how businesses work
  • Explore the difficulties facing entrepreneurs and businesses

Students should have a desire to find out how businesses work and have an interest in current business affairs. They should also have good interpersonal skills and enjoy communicating their opinions through writing and discussion.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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