5 A*-C GCSEs, including grade C in Maths.


Some understanding and enthusiasm for business is required. A GCSE Business Studies qualification is not required but would be advantageous.


You will develop three main areas required for assessment: analysis, application and evaluative skills.

These skills will be developed during every lesson and through assessment. You are not expected to develop the necessary assessment skills on their own but will be required to complete regular homework to develop these areas.


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What will I study?

The content of this A Level is designed to engage you with topics and issues which are relevant in today’s society.

You will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout the topics.

The A Level is split into a number of business areas:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance, operational performance, nancial performance and human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change.
Why study Business?

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills which are needed for further study and employment.

You will also get the opportunity to apply all theory concepts to businesses which operate both in the UK and on a global scale.


You will be completing regular homework and mock assessments in every core area of the course.

The four main areas include: nance management, marketing management, human resources management and operations management.

You will sit three exams in the summer exam period at the end of the two-year course.

Where will this course lead me?

The qualification could lead to degrees in business and management, business studies, international management and economics, among others.

You could also progress straight into employment, but it is likely that many will do so via higher study.

Careers in human resources, marketing, nance, business information technology and business studies are just some possibilities for students with this qualification.

Extracurricular activities related to this course

You will have the opportunity to engage in several extra-curricular activities which are scheduled for particular year groups.

Extra-curricular activities have previously included activities such as the Young Enterprise competition and research project for Brexit.