In studying A Level Business, you will explore a variety of contexts to better understand the purpose of business, its different forms and the factors that influence business activities. In year one, you will study different types of management and leadership styles and look at how good decision-making can improve performance in the four main functional areas of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. In year two, you begin to look at the strategic management of businesses, analyse their strategic position, and evaluate their strategic direction before exploring strategies for pursuing business objectives.
The topics lend themselves to studying and engaging with the business world and the specification and assessment encourages you to follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues.
Student study ten units over two years, each of which is split into individual topic areas.
The first year focuses on the functions of a business and includes the following units:
1. What is business?
2. Managers, leadership and decision making
3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
4. Decision making to improve operational performance
5. Decision making to improve financial performance
6. Decision making to improve human resource performance
The second year focuses on strategic decision-making within a business and includes the following units:
7. Analysing the strategic position of a business
8. Choosing strategic direction
9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
10. Managing strategic change
You will sit three 2 hour examinations at the end of your two years of study, each being worth 100 marks, 33% of the A Level.
Paper 1 – a synoptic paper with no case study material. Contains 15 multiple choice questions, 35 marks worth of short quantitative and qualitative questions and two essay questions worth 25 marks.
Paper 2 – a synoptic paper with three short case studies each followed by a series of general and contextualised questions ranging from calculations to essays.
Paper 3 – a synoptic paper with one large case study followed by a series of contextualised questions.
GCSE Level 6 in either Business, Economics, Geography, or History.
Sixth Form entry also requires:
• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics
• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5
The reformed A Level in Business Studies is well respected as a strong foundation for careers in a wide range of business and management roles. It is also useful for students who might wish to run their own business in the future. The qualification will help you to access university courses in a wide range of disciplines, including accountancy, economics, business management and marketing.