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A Level Business

A Level Business will appeal to those students who:

  • Have an interest in how a business operates
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences
  • Would like to do a subject that offers opportunities for a career in Business
  • Would like to learn how to make business decisions and solve business problems
  • Want to keep their options open
Business can be a useful choice for a wide range of careers and can be combined with a number of other subjects.  It is a 'real world' A level, and will interest learners with a keen interest in news, current affairs and the wider external environment.

Entry Requirements

You must meet the College entry requirements for an A level course of at least five GCSEs at a Grade C or above.  This must include Mathematics as calculation, interpretation and analysis of data is a fundamental concept of Business.

Course Content

Topics you will study in both years:

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

Topics include the following key theories:

  • Competitive advantage
  • Digital marketing and e-commerce
  • Extended marketing mix (7 Ps)
  • Marketing mapping, confidence intervals and interpretation of income elasticity of demand
  • Planned vs. emergent strategy
  • Shareholders and share prices
  • Stakeholder identification and power mapping
  • Strategic drift and corporate governance
How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by three two-hour written examinations sat in the second year. This is a Linear A level programme covering a two year course of study.

What qualifications will I get?

Upon successful completion of the A level course you will be awarded an A level in Business.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

A good A level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment. Business Studies combines well with a range of social science and humanities subjects, in addition to Business related subjects such as Accounts, Law and Economics.

Course Information

If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August in the year you start your course you should contact Admissions as fees may apply for this course. Where fees apply you may be entitled to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan.

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