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Business A Level

Business is a dynamic subject which gives you the opportunity to learn about how businesses operate with strong links to the constantly changing world around us. The course covers key areas of business life in the 21st century through 4 key themes. In the first year you will develop an understanding of marketing and managing business activities including finance, business strategy and global business. You will learn about these areas through a combination of lectures, role plays, presentations, group work and trips to see real businesses in operation. The A Level consists of three externally examined exams.

Exam Board: Pearson



All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


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.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ 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.

  • What will I study and learn?

    You will study three units for the A Level:

    • Marketing, people and global business
    • Business activities, decisions and strategy
    • Investigating business in a competitive environment
  • How is the course assessed?

    The course is assessed by three external exams of 2 hours each. Each one includes a mixture of data response and extended open-response questions.

    Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business

    Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy

    Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment.

    This exam includes a pre-released research task which enables students to investigate an industry or market in which businesses operate.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    A Level Business combines well with a range of other A Level subjects.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    Time management and organisational skills are vital in achieving to a high level in A Level Business Studies.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need an average GCSE points score of 5.75 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 6.

    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?

    Previously our students have seen the value of this course in terms of gaining access to university in a wide range of courses in business at HND, BA and BSc level as well as going straight into employment in the areas of financial services, marketing and recruitment.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will need approximately £30 for books and will need to pay travel costs for visits.

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