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Business Studies

A level

Develop your skills in decision-making, problem-solving and critical analysis as you analyse businesses and the markets they serve. Our key am is to nurture your enthusiasm for learning about modern business issues, introduce you to the wide range of activities that go on in a business and how decisions are taken in an ever-changing environment.

You will gain an understanding of the business world from the perspectives of various stakeholders such as customers, managers, owners, shareholders, employees and society in general.

You will also learn that businesses cannot operate in isolation, but are affected by economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues; with reference to real-world businesses being made throughout your studies.


Course Content

Year 1

You will study a range of introductory business ideas including enterprise, market research and business location. Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and Operations will be central to your studies. Data and financial analysis will be included throughout this year. Reference to real-world businesses will be made throughout the year, nurturing your enthusiasm for learning about modern business issues.

Year 2

You will study a range of challenging and strategic business issues faced in the ever-changing world we live in; focusing on larger-scale business, in which key decisions are likely to affect whether a business will remain successful. The effects of the external environment upon business performance is analysed.


  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: WJEC

Special Features

There will be opportunities to develop your presentation skills during class and group activities.

Opportunities exist to visit businesses throughout the UK such as Thorpe Park,  and Chelsea Football Club. During these trips students will attend business talks related to topics they are studying on the course.

We also promote employability skills and have visits to Anglia Ruskin University for taster days and talks from industry professionals such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Business Studies or a Merit in Level 2 Applied Business, if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

Students who recently completed Business Studies A Level are now studying…

  • Business Studies at Leeds University,
  • Marketing Communications and Advertising at Sheffield Hallam,
  • Accounting and Finance at Hertfordshire and Marketing at Nottingham Trent.

Business is highly regarded by firms recruiting students directly from A level on to management training programmes.

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