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This course can be studied as part of the business pathway.

This course will provide you with a good overview of business as a whole, with a particular focus on enterprise. You will also learn about four business areas: marketing, finance, people management and operations. Your study will also involve strategic thinking about business influences and setting up a small business. 

You will study operational aspects of a business such as human resources, marketing, finance and accounting. You will develop analytical and critical skills, as well as a creative approach to problem solving.

You could progress on to further study of a business-related subject at higher education level or alternatively enter the employment market. Degree courses can include business and management, business and finance, or business and accounting. 

Our career pathways show you a typical route through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the careers these programmes could lead onto.

What I'll learn

You will gain a good understanding of business and a number of associated areas by studying this A-level. You will study various functions within business such as marketing, finance, people management and operations.

You will study the following topics:

  • Unit 1: financing and planning a business
  • Unit 2: managing a business
  • Unit 3: strategies for success
  • Unit 4: the business environment and change

 

How I'll learn

You will be taught in our well-equipped classrooms by our experienced staff. You will study different aspects and theories on business. We often have visiting speakers from local employers such as John Lewis to talk about their business and career opportunities and also Logica, who have previously sponsored a student.

Your Business AS level can be a stand-alone qualification or lead on to A2 study. This course offers good progression to business and finance or marketing-related degree courses. A large proportion of students gain high grades in this subject. 

You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a tutorial. They will help you set review and achieve your targets. There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and moving on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education. 

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience sport and performing.

 

How I'll be assessed

This A-level involves an exam-based assessment and there is no coursework.

 

Entry Requirements

All students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 (or equivalent), excluding PE, dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

For this subject you will also need GCSE English language or GCSE English literature at grade 5 and GCSE maths grade 5.

 

How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.