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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?

A genuine interest and are motivated to investigate all business-related issues. You must have GCSE English at grade 4 or above and GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above.

What will I study?

Through A level Business you will investigate the internal operations of a business and also analyse how they are affected by the external environment. You will explore the strategies that firms could follow and will make comments and judgements on the business models.

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, while 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 the 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 looks at how firms succeed and what strategies they use 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. You will study the growing economies of the world and explore 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?

There are numerous career options with this subject, such as investment banking, accountancy, international business management, management, advertising, banking, marketing and personnel. Many of our students progress to study business at university while others secure top apprenticeships in accountancy, insurance, retail management and other careers. Students have gone on to work for PWC, Marks and Spencer, KPMG, and some have started their own successful businesses. A wide variety of companies offer management positions and training schemes to business graduates.

Did you know?

In 2012, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger sold their 13-person startup, Instagram, to Facebook for $1 Billion.