A Level Business

Course description

Business provides an excellent grounding in both the internal working of a business and the external influences that act upon it. More specifically, the course aims to foster an understanding of: (i) the internal functions of contemporary business organisations of all types, (ii) the dynamic external environment within which businesses operate and the effects this can have upon decision-making within a business, (iii) major topical issues that can generate change for business organisations and the ways in which businesses respond to these issues and (iv) the range of stakeholder perspectives that can be taken on business activities.

The course covers the financial, operations, people and marketing aspects of running a business. It also looks at strategic decision making and the business environment. Pupils are encouraged to take a consultant’s perspective, diagnosing management weaknesses and suggesting solutions.

Requirements

The course requires a wide range of skills including data interpretation and extended writing. Pupils must have attained at least an A grade in either GCSE Mathematics or English, and at least a B in the other. An interest in current affairs and a constant awareness of the business world are critical to success in this subject. The pace of the course is brisk, so well-organised pupils tend to thrive.

We strongly advise pupils not to study both Economics and Business at A Level. Most top Universities (see individual websites) will not include both Business and Economics in their offers.

Assessment structure

Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business (35% of the A-level)

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy (35% of the A-level)

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment (30% of the A-level)

Potential careers

The skills harnessed in this course include data interpretation, detailed analytical explanation and reasoned judgement. The varied nature of the course and assessment will equip pupils with invaluable skills for both university and work. An A level in Business would aid pupils wishing to pursue a wide range of potential careers including, but not limited to, advertising and marketing, general corporate management, finance and entrepreneurship.

Contact for further information

Mr Simon Roundell sfr@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Link to Specification

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/business-2015.html