A Level

Type of study
Examination board


Business is the driving force of the world around us. This is an ever increasingly competitive world and the efficiency and effectiveness of the business community is vital for success and growth of our economy. You will study Leadership, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Operations in the first year and business strategy in depth in the second year in order to assess how business people meet the challenges of the environment, the impact of changing technology, globalisation and competition in the modern world.

This versatile A Level will equip you with expert knowledge of key business concepts and theories and the ability to apply them to practical, real-life situations. Whether you aspire to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, or you’re more interested in an integral, behind-the-scenes position covering a wide range of potential specialisms, Business will provide you with a critical understanding of organisations, markets and the process of adding value, along with a picture of the internal workings of successful organisations.

You will acquire essential skills in problem-solving, decision making, debating, presenting and analytical processes, all of which are praised by both employers and universities. You will become aware that all business activity is part of an integrated process and when decisions are made in one area of the business it will always have an impact on other areas. Business A Level complements many humanities and social science subjects and lends itself equally to higher education, an apprenticeship or direct employment.


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Business Studies, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2BUS

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

On this course you will study:

Year One

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership & decision making

Decision Making to Improve:

  • Marketing performance
  • Operational performance
  • Financial performance
  • Human resource performance

Year Two:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods
  • Managing strategic change

Topics include the following key theories:

  • Competitive advantage
  • Digital marketing and e-commerce
  • Extended marketing mix
  • Marketing mapping, confidence intervals and interpretation of income elasticity of demand
  • Planned versus emergent strategy
  • Shareholders and share prices
  • Stakeholder identification and power mapping
  • Strategic drift and corporate governance


Digital technology is embedded throughout the College’s curriculum equipping you with skills that are industry-recognised, Cloud based applications for your onward career journey.

The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, webinars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and revision classes. You will have the opportunity to participate in group research projects, presentations, trips and visits to conferences as part of your course.

Developing practical business skills and the entrepreneurial mind set is at the core of our courses and the College enterprise society, Evolve, works closely with students to achieve this via mentoring, support and guidance.


There is no coursework in Business. All modules are assessed by written exams at the end of your second year.

Students will sit three exams, which will cover all of the 10 taught topics. Each exam is worth 33% of the overall mark and lasts for two hours.
Students will be assessed via a variety of different methods such as multiple choice questions, data response questions, extended answer questions and a case study consisting of six questions.

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My experience at South Downs has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

You take control of your own learning…they (South Downs College) were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student


Students from this course successfully progress into employment, on to degree courses such as Business Studies, Business Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Accounting, Business Enterprise and Management Studies as well as well as a range of combined degree courses. Many students successfully apply for apprenticeships in Business related areas.


Account Executive, Administrative Assistant, Administrative Manager, Branch Manager, Business Analyst, Business Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Office Manager, Advertising Manager

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