A level

Undertaking an A Level Business course will enable you to study and engage with the business world. You will learn about the dynamic nature and purpose of business activities and how they affect competitiveness in different markets on a local, national and international scale. You will investigate the influences on different types of business and the factors that might determine whether a strategic decision is successful, taking into account the changes in technology, the economy and changing consumer tastes that have led to a noticeable change in the way that modern businesses compete. You will also learn about the importance of operational efficiency, labour productivity, quality and how businesses improve relationships with suppliers and effectively manage their inventory. In addition, you will cover topics including improving both financial and human resource performance, analysing the strategic position of a business and how to pursue strategies.

Type of study
Examination board

Availability & Details

Business Studies, A-Level AF-BSTUAL-D(0000)002

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. It is not necessary to have studied Business at GCSE to take A level.

You will study a range of units including:

  • Managers, leaders and decision-making: What makes a great leader? Who are the most powerful stakeholders of a business?
  • Improving marketing performance: What is the best way to target customers to buy a product? Where is the growth potential in existing markets?
  • Improving financial performance: What is the difference between cash flow and profit? What is the best source of finance to use for expansion?
  • Improving human resource performance: What makes a meaningful job? Is money the only motivator?
  • Choosing strategic direction: What makes a business better than another? What markets are best to compete in?
  • How to pursue strategies: Which country is the best to enter in to? How has e-commerce changed the way we shop forever?
  • Managing strategic change: Are employees just in it for themselves? Can a business recover from a public scandal? 

If you are interested in the business news headlines, or in how businesses are created and grow, about how they are managed and the skills required in the management process, you should find the subject interesting and stimulating. You may find you are able to draw upon any work experience you have done.

100% exams.

Three exams taken in your final year comprising of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and unseen case studies with emphasis on essay-style questions to develop strong analytical and evaluative skills.

Purchase of core textbooks. £35 over two years

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"Lessons are always far from boring. The teachers are always extremely willing to help as much as they can and I love learning the subject."

Katie Stokes, previously at Eggar's School

"The great thing about Business is that we are able to apply everything we learn to real-life. Looking at so many case studies helps to better understand what we're learning."

Sarah Williamson, previously at Amery Hill School