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Business Studies

Curriculum Leader: R. Rhodes

Business is a dynamic subject. Students will learn about the diverse nature of business enterprise and the interdependence of the various parts of the business world. Students will explore business success and business failure, investigate local, national and global business markets, and understand how businesses need to adapt and respond strategically to the changing environment in which they operate to survive and grow. This constant evolutionary process makes business a fascinating subject.

Course Content

There are 4 themes in A level business.

Theme 1

Students will learn about dynamic markets, social media and online retailing, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Topic list:

–  Meeting Customer Needs
–  The Market
–  Marketing Mix and strategy
–  Managing People
–  Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Theme 2

Introduces students to business finance, the impact of economic uncertainty on businesses and the competitive environment.

Topic list:

–  Raising Finance
–  Financial Planning
–  Managing Finance
–  Resource Management
–  External Influences

Theme 3

Students will move from functions to strategy, exploring business decision-making, small business survival, managing change and scenario planning.

Topic list:

–  Business Objectives and Strategy
–  Business Growth
–  Decision-Making Techniques
–  Influences on Business Decisions
–  Assessing Competitiveness
–  Managing Change

Theme 4

Explores global business, investigating overseas markets, cultural and social differences and the impact of multinationals.

Topic list:

–  Globalisation
–  Global Markets and Business
–  Expansion
–  Global Marketing
–  Global Industries and Companies (Multinational Corporations).

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved five GCSE’s at C or above. Students must have achieved grade C or above in Maths and English. Students do not have to have studied Business Studies before. However if students have they must have achieved a C grade.


A level students will study all four themes and will sit three exams at the end of the course…

Paper 1 will assess marketing, people and global businesses via data response and essay questions. Questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts.

–  Written Paper: 2 hours (100 marks) 
–  Weighting: 35% of total A level marks 

Paper 2 will assess business finance and operations, business decisions and strategy via data response and essay questions. Questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global contexts.

–  Written Paper: 2 hours (100 marks) 
–  Weighting: 35% of total A level marks 

Paper 3 – Students will have a research task before the exam. The questions in the exam – data response and essay questions – are linked to the context you will research and will assess content across all four themes. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts.

–  Written Paper: 2 hours (100 marks) 
–  Weighting: 30% of total A level marks 

Financial Information

Students will be required to invest in a course revision guide and memory stick to use for the duration of the course. Students can also participate in the faculty international visit to Disneyland Paris.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.

–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.


Future Opportunities

A2 Business prepares you for progression to further study or the world of work:

Transferable skills like making decisions, solving problems, numerical skills, understanding the business environment and commercial awareness are relevant to university and employment.

You might want to study a degree in business management, accountancy, tourism management or international business.

You might progress to a career in banking, sales, product management or for charity.

There are many possibilities!

Further Information

The teaching is by well qualified staff and will include formal lesson, discussions, tutorials and visits. The course looks at the background to business and the factors involved in running a business. Students will be provided with revision resources and homework will include reading, research, short answer exercises and essays.

This is our academic business qualification which is suitable for those seeking to take a university course. Students who are following a vocational pathway may find it more suitable to take our BTEC Business qualification.