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Business introduces students to the challenges and issues of starting a business and the role of the entrepreneur, including raising finance and developing a successful marketing plan. It then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level such as managing people. Students will need to consider a range of different strategies for larger businesses and how different stakeholders influence the decision making process. Finally, it considers the effects that external factors can have on a business such as globalisation, global marketing and global industries.

The course is structured into four themes: Marketing and people, Managing business activities, Business decisions and strategy, and Global business.

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Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities: 

  • ‘The Apprentice’ style format, presenting a marketing strategy for a local entrepreneur.
  • National Sharecentre competition, investing £1500 in companies on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) annual competition.
  • Business trip to New York

Additional Costs: Subscription to the A-Level Business review at a cost of £15 per annum.

Pre-Course Material: Business


Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business – 35% of the qualification
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy – 35% of the qualification
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment – 30% of the qualification