A-level Business is a study of how strategic decisions are made across key functional areas of any firm, whether small, medium or large, in order to achieve corporate objectives. Students will be equipped with knowledge of how firms adapt their strategies in response to changes in the competitive environment, social and ethical considerations, political and legal developments and technological innovation.
By taking an holistic approach to the subject, A-level Business demonstrates the inter-related nature of local and global corporate environments using models, theories and techniques. Evidence-based decision-making is analysed across the key functional areas of Human Resources, Marketing, Operations and Finance in Year 12, before moving on to wider strategic analysis in Year 13.
A-level Business students will be assessed on the ability to:
- demonstrate knowledge and application of core business theories and terminology to both hypothetical and real-world business contexts
- analyse evidence in order to show understanding of short and long-term effects of corporate decision-making
- evaluate quantitative and qualitative data in order to make informed judgements weighing up potential risks and benefits of proposed solutions to business issues
Real-world case studies will be used wherever possible, in order to increase opportunities for students to apply theoretical knowledge and skills gained throughout the delivery of the course
The course is assessed via three examinations, each carrying an equal weight of a third of the final grade. Each exam covers the entire course.
Paper 1: 2 hour written examination featuring multiple choice, short answer and essay responses
Paper 2: 2 hour written examination featuring 3 data response multi-part questions
Paper 3: 2 hour written examination featuring one case study followed by approximately 6 questions
Real life case studies will be used wherever possible, to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.
The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.
The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.
For Business we would normally recommend students to have achieved a GCSE grade 5 or above in Maths.
This course is an ideal complement for a wide range of other advanced level subjects leading towards undergraduate study. A good degree of literacy and numeracy is necessary for this course, especially as this is also a requirement for successful and high quality employment, which may be another viable option upon the successful completion of this course.