A Level Business
Head of Department: Mrs J. N. Marvin
Examination Board: EDEXCEL
Specification Code: 9BS0
Course Entry Requirement: GCSE Mathematics grade 6
Business concerns the world around us. Students are encouraged to relate their experience as a buyer of goods and services to business theory and economic events and to understand how government and business work together. They will learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course, including the important business skills of decision making and planning, Studying Business enables students to develop a critical approach, through rational and logical argument of both sides of a case.
The course aims to make students think about the contribution of business to society in an analytical manner following 4 key themes.
Theme 1: Marketing and people
Theme 2: Managing business and activities
Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
Theme 4: Global business
Students are introduced to business in Themes 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. Themes 3 and 4, require students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.
Students can choose to extend their studies by taking part in a wide range of lectures and entering many external competitions.
Higher education and careers:
Business combines well with a range of social science, humanities and mathematical subjects. It could lead to university studies in such areas as business, management, economics, finance and accountancy. The course covers important elements in the examinations of many professional bodies and students will have a head start in careers within marketing, accountancy and human resources. Well over half of our students progress to business management degrees.
Students will sit 3 papers at the end of the 2 years
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses/ 2 hours/ 100 marks/ 35% of A level
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy/ 2 hours/ 100 marks/ 35% of A level
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment / 2 hours/ 100 marks/ 30% of A level. This paper will assess the content over the four themes
Who should study the course:
Students should have an interest in learning how a business is organised, operates, plans and makes its decisions, as well as how it interacts with the wider economic environment. It is not necessary to have studied business subjects at GCSE; however, a reasonable level of numeracy and the ability to express a written argument are important and so good passes in GCSE Mathematics and English are essential.