The course moves from small business start-ups through to large multinationals, as well as strategic decisions such as mergers and takeovers. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of marketing, finance, production and human resources within business. The course includes many opportunities for visits to local, national and international businesses.
For further information please visit the Business page on the College website, or contact Paul Jervis at [email protected]
The Business A Level follows the Edexcel specification and is assessed after two years of study, with three examinations testing the four themes covered:
Year 1: A1 Theme 1: Marketing and People
A1 Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
Year 2: A2 Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
A2 Theme 4: Global Business
10% of the entire course is based on numerate skills. Long written answers also require a sound command of English language. So prospective students should have a strong grasp of basic numeracy and literacy skills.
The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.
All prospective students will be required to achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.
There is no requirement for students to have studied any business-related courses previously.
The subject relates to a host of exciting management and business careers. Students can specialise in the fields of marketing, finance or business management, or could combine Business with many other areas of study at university. It is also an excellent preparation for higher level apprenticeship positions.