A Level



Business enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of the subject.

Course Content

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


New to the course

  • Course content updated to include areas such as: digital marketing, data mining, and e-commerce
  • Shares and share dealing studied for the first time
  • More theories and numerical techniques to increase challenge and credibility of qualification

Methods of Teaching

Students develop their skills in class through working on past papers, group work, class discussion of real world stimulus material, individual work on case studies/ data response and videos. Students are also encouraged to extend their learning through independent work.

Where Could It Take Me?

Business is worth pursuing for its own sake, but it is a useful qualification for those hoping to go directly into employment or aiming to go on to higher education. Employers like students who have studied Business as it makes them more immediately employable. Many students progress on to Business related degree courses. In addition, many degree subjects have a business module, so studying this subject can be extremely useful whatever path students might eventually follow.  Students develop skills and knowledge very relevant to the modern world.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

3 papers taken at the end of the second year:

Paper 1:

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
  • 15 Multiple choice questions
  •  Short answer questions
  •  2 essays

Paper 2:

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A Level
  • 3 data response questions (made up of 3 or 4 part questions)

Paper 3:

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
  • 1 case study with 6 questions

Financial Implications

Students can purchase a textbook each year, approximately £25 each. Students will be asked to contribute £10 (by online payment) a year towards the booklets the Department will provide. Revision booklets are available and students are encouraged to download the BBC app and follow current Business news. The College has Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.