Business A Level

About the Course

Students will be introduced to business through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Exam Board

Edexcel A Level Business is an exam based course that is 100% externally examined. Papers 1 and 2 are each worth 35% of the total qualification and include data response and extended open response questions.  Paper 1 contains material from Theme 1 Marketing and People and Theme 4 Globalisation.  Paper 2 includes content from Theme 2 Managing Business Activities and Theme 3 Business Decisions and Strategy.  Paper 3 has a pre-release context to enable students to investigate an industry or market in which businesses operate and accounts for 30% of the total A level marks.


Please refer to our Sixth Form prospectus for entry requirements.

Course Content

Theme 1 Marketing and People: allows students to develop an understanding of meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people and entrepreneurs and leaders. Theme 2 Managing Business activities: This module allows students to develop an understanding of raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences. Theme 3 Business decisions and strategy develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2 and addresses additional concepts such as business growth, managing change and assessing business competitiveness.  Theme 4 Global business looks in more detail at global markets and business expansion, global marketing and global industries and companies.

Beyond the Classroom

Booster classes are run regularly each week for students that feel they require extra support. We also recommend that students take an interest in current affairs and benefit from engaging in wider reading. A reading list is made available to students and links to sign up to appropriate organisations to receive regular news and exam technique advice relevant to the course. Students also get the opportunity to attend a full day Revision Booster Session in year 13, in Leeds, organised by Tutor2U in collaboration with Edexcel.

Your Future

Many of our students continue on to further/higher education within the business/economics field. An A level in Business Studies allows you to access a wide range of careers including banking, finance, marketing, politics, and law and accounting.