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Subject Area: Business
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
Syllabus No:

What do I need to study this course?

You must have a genuine interest in business and be motivated to investigate issues further. You must have GCSE English and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above, preferably with grade 5 in one of these subjects.

What will I study?

A level Business investigates the internal operations of a business and analyses how they are affected by the external environment. You will have to comment on and judge the strategies that firms could follow.


Theme 1: Marketing and People – We explore how a firm ensures that it sells the products and services that the consumers want, and makes a profit. We look at how people respond to money and what makes a good leader whilst evaluating the best companies to work for.

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities – You will learn how to produce and analyse company accounts and identify factors that make companies profitable. You will identify how production of cars is made efficient. We will explore how the external environment impacts on all businesses by creating opportunities and threats.


Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy – This unit analyses how firms succeed and what strategies are used to achieve success. It focuses on decision-making techniques such as sales forecasting, investment appraisal, critical path analysis and the analysis of accounting information.

Theme 4: Global Business – This theme looks at the growing economies of the world and explores the benefits and drawbacks of operating a business internationally and on a global level.

The A level is assessed by three x 2 hour examinations taken in June of the second year.


What next?

Many of our students progress to study business at university whilst others secure apprenticeships in accountancy, insurance, retail management and other careers. Most career options are accessible from this subject, such as management, accountancy, advertising, banking, marketing and personnel. A wide variety of companies offer management positions and training schemes to business graduates.