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. At AS there are 2 externally examined papers which each count for 50% of the total AS mark. Both papers include questions from both Theme 1 and Theme 2 and include data response and extended open response questions. At A level Papers 1 and 2 are each worth 35% of the total qualification and are similar in structure to the AS examinations. 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.


Grade 6 in English GCSE and a Grade 5 in a humanities or social sciences subject, consideration will be given to applicants who achieve a grade 5 in English and a grade 6 in a humanities subject or social science subject.

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.

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.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mrs S Walker
Hall Cross Academy
Future First Artsmark
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