A Level | Business

A Level in Business


Exam Board:  Edexcel


Will the course suit me?

A Level Business introduces students to the fundamental principles of business management, enabling students to assess for example why a company like Zara became a multinational success at a time when other clothes retailers were disappearing from the high street. A Level Business students should be motivated, hardworking, have an inquisitive mind, and enjoy being able to link theories and ideas from the classroom to real life examples. No prior knowledge is required, just an interest in the subject.


Course description

The A Level syllabus content is divided into four themes. The four themes cover the main functional areas of a business, which include: marketing, human resource management, operations management, finance and accounting, as well as business strategy and international business management.


Outside the classroom

Students have the opportunity to set up a business in school through the Ethical Enterprise Co-Curricular Club. This Club also offers the opportunity to take part in an Ethical Investment Club.


Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to study Business Management and International Business Management at UK and international universities.


Course overview

Theme 1


Marketing and People

·       meeting customer needs

·       the market

·        marketing mix and strategy

·       managing people

·       entrepreneurs and leaders

Theme 2


Managing Business Activities

·       raising finance

·       financial planning

·       managing finance

·       resource management

·       external influences

Theme 3


Business Decisions and Strategy

·       business objectives and strategy

·       business growth

·       decision-making techniques

·       influences on business decisions

·       assessing competitiveness

·       managing change.

Theme 4


Global Business

·       globalisation

·       global markets and business expansion

·       global marketing

·       global industries and companies (multinational corporations).



Paper 1 Marketing, people and global business2 hours35%
Paper 2Business activities, decisions and strategy2 hours35%
Paper 3Investigating Business in a competitive environment2 hours30%


If you have any queries about this course, please contact Head of Department: Michael Liggins

To apply for our Sixth Form, please see our Admissions page.

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