"Quality is the best business plan." - John Lasseter, Pixar
Business is a popular subject to study at A-level, providing a valuable academic and work-related qualification whilst also developing useful life skills. It combines well with any other subject and it is in high regards by many universities and employers. Business students will learn not only about business behaviour but about also how business organisations adapt to the environment in which they operate.
What do I study in Business?
- If you want to learn about the issues involved in managing a business, the Business Studies A-level course will provide you with a stimulating insight into the commercial world.
- Learn about financial literacy and problem-solving, working as a team and manage day-to-day operations of a business
- The global factors affecting businesses including Brexit, Trans-Atlantic Partnerships, and global tax evasion.
- Study new, existing, and international business by analysing, interpreting and evaluating complex business information.
This is a two-year linear course in A Level Business. After two years of study, candidates can choose to undertake either the AS Level or A-Level Business.
The local business environment (01) - 15 Multiple-choice questions and a data-response question (Examination, 50%)
The wider business environment (02) - Short answer questions worth 20 marks and an extended response to a real-life business (Examination, 50%)
Operating in a local business environment - 15 Multiple-choice questions and a data-response question relating to a local-level business (Examination, 33.3%)
The UK business environment - Short answer questions worth 20 marks and an extended response to a real-life business (Examination, 33.3%)
The global business environment - Data response questions and extended response questions relating to a global business (Examination, 33.3%)
Candidates should have a keen interest in the current business environment, as they will write about real-life businesses in context during their examination.
A minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics is required because of the data interpretation and financial calculation part of the course. A grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics may be accepted with a passing grade in the Business Baseline Test, completed in the first week of Year 12.
Studying A-Level Mathematics, Economics, Geography, and/or Computing alongside A-Level Business is useful for studying Business and Management at a higher level.