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Applied Business Level 3 (A Level equivalent)

In the 21st Century all organisations need to make sure that the people in them are busy organising resources, producing, selling, marketing, managing their staff and managing their finances. Managers must organise these resources to provide goods and services for customers to be successful.

This qualification helps you develop skills, knowledge and the depth of understanding you need to prepare you for entry into employment, promotion if in a job and to gain entry to higher education.

The course is a practical, work-related course and you will cover a range of business topics including business organisation, marketing, the business environment and finance.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

Exam Board: OCR



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  • What will I study and learn?

    The course attracts the same UCAS point score as one A Level. You will learn by completing research based investigations, projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands as well visits to real workplaces.

    You will study 5 units over two years (two in year 1 and three in year 2).


    Year 1

    Unit 1 Business Environment (120 GLH) Mandatory unit. [Externally examined] Maximum two chances at the exam over the year taken in January and June.

    Unit 2 Working in Business (60 GLH) Mandatory unit. [Externally assessed] Maximum two chances at the exam over the year taken in January and June.

    YEAR 2

    Unit 4 Customers and Communication (60 GLH). Mandatory unit [Internally assessed coursework]

    Plus, TWO optional units (60 GLH each). [Internally assessed coursework]

  • How is the course assessed?

    Two units are externally assessed (examination) the remaining units are assessed by coursework. This may involve written work, presentations and role plays. Your overall mark will be graded Distinction* to Pass.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - average point score of 5 including GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 5.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The study of business can be a sound background for many careers. It is also a useful foundation for many careers such as government, banking, finance and marketing.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 2 or 3 you may not have to pay fees, provided the qualification meets the legal entitlement at that level – Please enquire for further details.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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