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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.

Exam board: Edexcel

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 £2000 in companies on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Bi-annual Business trip to New York


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

Additional Costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

Business (Year 1 and 2): Dave Hall ISBN 9781447983545

If you want copies to work from at home these will need to be purchased.

Other costs:  To be met by students

  1. Subscription to the A-Level Business review at a cost of £15 per annum.
  2. My revision notes: Edexcel A-level BUSINESS ISBN: 9781471883224 £15
  3. Times2resources available:
  4. Free Tutor2u resources available: