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Level 3

Business A-level


This course covers all sizes of businesses from those selling locally to those operating globally. All aspects of business will be studied and you will consider the many external influences that require decisions, planning and responses.

You will be introduced to core business concepts and apply them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses operate. The core of the first year focuses on the four functional areas of marketing, operations, finance and managing people and considers how decision making improves performance.
The second year of the course moves from looking at the individual functional areas and decision making to strategic decision making for the whole business as well as causes and pressure for change and how to manage change effectively, both in domestic and global markets.
Themes studied are: Theme 1: Marketing and People Theme 2: Managing Business Activities Theme 3: Business Decisions and strategy Theme 4: Global business
A range of teaching and learning styles are used during the course. Formal lessons are combined with discussion, presentations, role play, case studies, task-based learning, and videos, all pitched at a level appropriate to the age and experience of the students. Independent study is a crucial part of this course.


You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in English Language and Maths.

No previous knowledge of Business Studies is required; indeed, most students know very little about the subject before they start the course. An interest in current affairs is an advantage. You will need to be confident at writing essays, numerical skills and in analysing information and making judgements.


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