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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent
  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 4
  • Business Studies GCSE not needed (if taken at GCSE a grade 4 is required)



Exam board: AQA

97%pass rate and many students went on to study a Business related subject at university

This course is for students who have a keen interest in businesses, how they are set up, grow and become successful.

It is a challenging course which is ideal for students who enjoy exam-based study rather than completing coursework assignments.


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Course Content

Topics covered in the First Year include:

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

The second year of the course examines larger businesses and what they need to do to be successful:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Methods of Teaching and Learning

Teachers adopt an active approach to learning; you will be encouraged to take part in group work, presentations, class discussion and independent research. The course requires you to be able to carry out a number of different types of calculations and you will be required to complete calculation workbooks outside class.


There will be the opportunity for you to attend an overseas residential trip to find out how business works in practise. Previous visits have included New York, Disneyland Paris, Cadbury World in Birmingham and Harry Potter World.

Meet the Business teachers and students

Course Combinations

It is not advisable to take Business and Economics, as separate subjects, as some universities consider them to be too similar in content to be accepted as two separate subjects.

Method of Assessment

The course is wholly exam-based over the two years and there is no coursework.


Teachers use a variety of resources including handouts, textbooks, journals and newspaper articles and websites. 


This course leads to a single A-level qualification.

Additional Costs

During the course you may be charged for printing. All residential and day trips will require you to pay should you wish to participate. 

What next

A-level Business is a popular course choice and is a relevant subject to the world today. It has enabled past students to move on to a wide range of university courses and careers including: Economics, Business Management, Journalism, Accounts and Finance, Insurance and Computing.