You will almost certainly one day either work in a business or own your own business. Business A Level aims to develop the skills and knowledge required in order to be successful in whatever your chosen future career path may be.
A Level Business is all about decision making. We look at the decisions made by business leaders when running large and small businesses and how the external environment can affect the decisions that are made. In the first year, we mainly study the main functional areas of business – marketing, finance, HR and operations. In the second year, we expand our perspective to consider the bigger strategic issues such as growth, innovation and change. The examination and the majority of the lessons are based on real-life business contexts and will ask students to reflect on the issues impacting modern businesses and to solve the problems with which are presented.
Business A Level
Year 12 (AQA)
The following themes are studied in Year 12:
- What is business?
- Managers, leadership and decision-making
- Decision making to improve marketing performance
- Decision making to improve operational performance
- Decision making to improve financial performance
- Decision making to improve human resource performance
Year 13 (AQA)
The following themes are explored:
- Analysing the strategic position of a business
- Choosing strategic direction
- Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
- Managing strategic change
Co-curricular opportunities and trips
Business Society allows students to explore areas of the subject they are passionate about. It is an opportunity for debate and discussion on current business news.
Corporate Conversation gives students the opportunity to hear from successful and experienced business people.
Students are encouraged to enter national and international competitions including;
- IFS Student Investor Challenge
- Tycoons in Schools
- Essay competitions
- Institute of Directors, Aspirations in Business
- Trading simulations
We aim to visit businesses both locally, nationally and internationally. We run a trip to New York and Washington every two years which gives students the opportunity to visit many American businesses as well as tour the United Nations and Wall Street.
55% of students achieved an A* or an A grade in 2020. This compared to 53% of students in 2019.
What students say
“I chose to take Business because I have always thought about taking a degree in Business at university. I’m pleased to say studying the subject at A level has reassured me this is the correct subject to study further. The Business teachers are excellent, making each lesson clear and enjoyable and are always on hand to support us.”
– Kieran, Year 13
“I enjoy Business A Level as it gives me a good scope of knowledge and understanding, ranging from mathematical calculations to real life case studies.”
– Zara, Year 13
“I really enjoy engaging in all my business lessons as I believe we are developing our skills for the future and so much of what we learn can be applied to everyday situations. Business opens numerous pathways for your future career, as it has so much relevance to our livelihood. There has never been a better time to study business because of the current environment in today’s society.”
– Libby, Year 12
“I chose to study business because I feel as though it is a subject that is relatable to our ever-changing world, it is important to understand the knowledge behind some of the leading companies in the world which we can use and apply in our future. In the future I would love to do a business degree and one day even have my own business. ”
– Emma, Year 12
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