Business is an increasingly relevant and dynamic subject in today’s world. It combines a number of other subjects and skills, including maths, English, geography and the creative arts. As part of the course, you will develop a number of skills key for employment in the modern world, whether you chose to work for someone else, or start a business yourself.

Such skills include: numeracy and literacy; interpretation of graphs, statistics and diagrams; communication and presentation skills; and of course team work! You need to be resourceful, have ideas and an interest in how businesses are set up, how they operate and how they ultimately make a profit and in some cases a loss. Business is a real life subject in an ever changing world and therefore an interest in relevant news stories is essential.


The course helps you develop a multitude of skills, including numeracy, communication, written skills and an understanding of research methodology which will help you make a smooth transition to the next level of study.


Throughout the course, we will aim to deliver a number of opportunities, both in and out of school to develop your business knowledge and skills. This will include trips, workshops and local businesses, as well as opportunities to visit local universities to take part in business competitions and events. In lessons, there will be many opportunities to work both individually and as a team to create various different products and ideas that tie in with the key skills you are learning.


Usually, students will have achieved a minimum 5 Grade in Business at GCSE. However, if you did not take Business for GCSE but would like to for A Level, this is a possibility. You will need to discuss this with Mr Aird.

A significant amount of the course is based around maths and quantitative skills. It is therefore important that you are confident with maths, both calculation and interpretation. You will also need good literacy and comprehension skills as exam questions require extended responses using an unseen case study. Therefore, in all cases, students should have achieved at least a Grade 5 in Maths and English.


The exam board used at A Level is Edexcel. The key units follow two themes in Year 12 and two themes in Year 13. In Year 12, the themes are Marketing and People, which looks at meeting customer needs and the market, and Managing Business Activities, which focuses on financial planning and resource management.

In Year 13, the themes are Business Decisions and Strategy and Globalisation. The former looks at business growth, competitiveness and decision making, whilst the latter has a focus on global markets and business expansion.


Year 12(AS): Two written examinations. 1 hour 30 minutes each. 80 marks each.

  • Paper 1: Marketing and people (Unit 1) – 50% of AS
  • Paper 2: Managing business activities (Unit 2) – 50% of AS

Year 13 (A Level): Three written examination. 2 hours each. 100 marks each.

  • Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses (Unit 1&4) – 35% of A Level
  • Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy (Unit 2&3) – 35% of A Level
  • Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment. This is a paper with pre-release material that assesses all four units of the course – 30% of A Level


Business allows you to go onto study a number of related courses at university should want to. Such courses include Business Management, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Travel and Tourism, Logistics, Events Management, Cruise Management and Economics. Many universities also offer business as a joint degree with other subjects. People with an A Level or degree in business go on to a wide range of careers. In a rapidly changing world, business is always relevant and as such, possible careers are too long to list!


Mr N Aird.

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