Business Studies

A-Level Business investigates the nature and management of organisations including small private firms, large public companies and not-for-profit concerns.

The course has been designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the internal functions of contemporary organisations of all types and the dynamic external environment within which businesses operate. The principles of management and decision-making are examined and applied to case studies, demonstrating how organisations face a number of interrelated problems.

The A-Level Business specification requires no previous knowledge of GCSE Business and encourages students to follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues.

Much of the assessment material is based on real business situations, examining and thinking critically about them to give students a thorough grounding in what really matters in modern businesses. Students are introduced to the challenges and issues involved in a business such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success.

The course develops skills such as interpreting data, developing an analytical argument and making judgements based on available evidence, which will help them in other A-Level subjects and at university. By the end of the course, students should have a good understanding of the skills needed for successful business management and will be familiar with problem solving techniques.

The examination consists of three written papers, each two hours long. Questions range from multiple choice questions, short answer questions, data response questions to questions based on case study scenarios.

A-Level Business can stimulate higher education study in related fields of Business Management and Economics. It can also be linked with another subject to provide a wide range of alternatives, e.g. marketing combined with a modern foreign language.

The department has strong links within industry, local universities and their Business Schools. Our strong alumni network provides career development opportunities and practical support and advice to make the world of business come alive.