Business Studies A-level


Business is a fascinating subject and looks at real world problems such as: How can businesses maximise profits? How do you grow a business? How do businesses create products which customers want? How do businesses motivate their staff? The course provides an engaging curriculum whether you are thinking of a future as an entrepreneur, senior manager or even specialising in a business field such as marketing or finance! The course provides an excellent academic grounding as well as the added value of developing knowledge and skills which will be useful throughout your career such as budgeting, leadership and problem solving.

What will I study in Business Studies A-level?

You will study four Themes over the two years.

1. Theme 1: Marketing and People (Year 1):

 You will cover how business meet customer needs as well as how markets work. You will also look at how businesses develop marketing strategies and how people are managed. As the unit draws to a close we will look at the skills and characteristics of successful entrepreneurs.

2. Theme 2: Managing Business Activities (Year 1): 

This themes focuses on how businesses manage their finances. We will look at how businesses raise finance, calculate and interpret financial performance. We will then move on to how businesses manage resources such as stock. We will finish the unit by looking at how situations outside the control of the business can impact them.

3. Theme 3:  Business decisions and strategy (Year 2):

The focus of this theme  is how businesses make decisions and develop  key strategies. We will look at the different ways businesses grow and manage change. We will look at a range of decision making tools including a mix of numerical and written techniques.  

4. Theme 4: Global Business (Year 2):

In this unit we look at multinational businesses which operate in a rage of different countries. We look at how businesses can establish themselves as a global brand and the impact of international trade on businesses. We also look at the impact of international business on the world!

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above all from the core subjects and including a Grade 5 or above in Maths.

How will I learn?

You will learn through a vareity of learning methods including:

1. Group work e.g develop a business plan as a team

2. Individual work  e.g preapre a sales forecast

3. Project  - regualr half temrly proejcts

4. Case studies - We will use a range of video and written case studies to discuss business scenarios

5. Visits e.g Twickenham Rugby Stadium

6. Guest speakers e.g local entrentrenurs and business leaders

7. Quizzes

8. Top assessments

9. Debates and Discussions


You will study a range of topics in class, and will have a project to focus on each half term. Projects include:

1. Developing a Marketing Strategy for a Christmas toy

2. Investigating a market of your choice

3. Managing Resources in an  Industry such as Sports

4. Entrepreneur Investigation Project

5. Dragons Den Pitch

6.  How its Made!

7. Design a Festival

8. Supermarket business environment assessment

9. Growth and International Trade in the car industry

10. Investment Appraisal

11. Global Business Project




How will I be assessed?

You will complete three exams at the end of year 2 which cover all of the themes studied in year 1 and year 2.

During the course you will have regular end of unit assessments and homework to track progress.

Any trips?

We aim to do at least one trip a year. A trip will usually involve visiting a Business to see how it works. Trips dome previously include:

1. Twickenham Rugby Stadium

2. Cribbs shopping centre

3. Alton Towers

4. Cadburys


Are there any costs involved?

  • You should expect some small costs for course booklets and stationery
  • As part of the course you will have a digital copy of the textbook.
  • You may wish to buy a paper copy of the textbook, although this is not a requirement as a digital copy is available. The Textbook is  Edexcel Business by Ian Marcourse, Andrew Hammond and Nigel Watson, published by Hodder Education (Pearson Edexcel A level Business: Hodder Education)

Available As

A Level
[56 UCAS pts. available]

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