Examination Board: Edexcel
A Level Business looks at all aspects of the business world, from starting your own enterprise to being part of a larger corporation.
For the AS Level you will study:
Unit 1: Marketing and People
Meeting customer’s needs, and understanding what is a market? Enterprise and leaders, marketing mix and
Unit 2: Managing Business Activities
Raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences.
For the A Level you will study:
Unit 3: Global Business
Implications of globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global marketing, global companies are they good or evil?
Unit 4: Business Decisions and Strategy
Business objectives and strategies, business growth and its implications, decision-making techniques, assessing competitiveness and managing change.
How is the course assessed?
This course is assessed by examination only.
AS Level: two examinations covering units 1 and 2.
A Level: three examinations covering all 4 units.
Please note that the AS qualification is a stand-alone qualification and does not count towards the full A Level.
What skills will I need and develop in this course?
This course will help you develop a number of skills:
- How to view the world around you from different perspectives
- How to plan and conduct business operations and activities
- How to analyse and interpret data
- Critical reasoning skills – evaluate, justify, discuss
- How to communicate your point of view fluently
Subject combination advice:
You cannot study both Business and Economics.
Otherwise all combinations work well.
What can the course lead to in terms of higher education and future careers?
A Level Business is an academic qualification. Therefore its greatest use is as a stepping stone to further and higher-level study.
What are the formal entry requirements for this course?
GCSEs in English and mathematics at Grade 5 or above.
What activities enrich this subject?
Students have the opportunity to attend subject-related lectures to reinforce their understanding of the topics covered.