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A-Level Business

A-Level Business

A proven understanding of the business environment is a skill that will always be in demand by employers. So improve your job prospects with a course that will set you ahead of the competitive job market.

Standing you in great stead for both your professional and academic career, you'll gain those needed UCAS points towards getting into the University of your choice.

  • Gain a fascinating insight into modern business and commerce techniques.
  • Develop the skills to identify whether or not a business is performing well financially
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a business and communicate the results
  • Develop a range of important and transferable skills, such as data analysis, presenting arguments and problem solving

Key elements:

  •  Linear programme - 5 hours per week
  • Combined with other A levels
  • Exam taken at the end of Year 2
  • No coursework

Unit 1 - Marketing and people

  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market
  • Marketing mix and strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders

Unit 2 -  Managing business activities

  • Raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influences

Unit 3 - Business decisions and strategy

  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing change

Unit 4 - Global business

  • Globalisation
  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

Assessment.

Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business 
The questions in this written examination are based on Units 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts.
35% of the total A-level mark
100 marks, 2 hours
Assessing knowledge across Units 1-4

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy
The questions in this written examination are based on Units 2 and 3.
35% of the total A-level mark
100 marks, 2 hours
Assessing knowledge across Units 2 & 3

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environmen
This examination will assess material from all four units. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts
Pearson Edexcel will release a context document in November 2016.
30% of the total A-level mark
100 marks, 2 hours
Assessing knowledge across Units 1-4

5x A*- C including English and Maths and B grades or above if the subject has been studied at GCSE

Don’t assume that studying business is a one-way route into business leadership and management roles – while this is a common path, business careers span multiple industries. Good business and management skills are key elements of any profitable company, and therefore effective leaders, strategic thinkers and financial experts are all in great demand. Big or small, global or national, companies all over the world are looking for business people like you.