This course will help students to develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s changing business world and will open up a wide range of opportunities in employment and for those wishing to continue to study at university. Students will acquire specific and relevant business skills in analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, and decision making that can be applied across a broad range of industries operating in multinational and global markets.
The A level in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. Students are introduced to business in Units 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Units 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.
What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?
Students who have taken this subject as one of their A levels often apply to university to study Business, Law or Marketing degrees. It matches well with Psychology as you can understand customer behaviour and apply this to marketing planning and decision making elements of the course.
Higher Education study, University
How will I learn?
You will experience a variety of teaching methods and styles and there are opportunities to take trips to a variety of sites to develop your understanding further. For example, various company visits are undertaken and business conferences.
How will I be assessed?
There are two written exams at the end of the course and guidance will be given on how to answer questions in the exams throughout the course.
Equipment and other costs
Specific to this course you will be expected to buy key texts and also there will be trips to areas of interest. For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email email@example.com or come to one of our Open Days.
What qualification do I get on completing this course?
Where have students gone to after completing this course?
Is there additional work required by the student?
How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?
You will be expected to spend around 5 hours per week outside lesson time to complete set work.
Which awarding body is the course validation by?
The course is validated by Pearson (Edexcel).
What are the expected employment areas with this course?
What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?
Apart from the general entry criteria for A-levels (6 GCSEs at grades 5-9), you must have grade 5 in one of the following subjects: English Language, English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, History or Politics.
Expected prior knowledge
English level - GCSE grade 5 or above.
Mathematics level - GCSE grade 5 or above.
To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
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Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2019 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.
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If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn.
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