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Why Business?

Business introduces you 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.You 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.

What do I need to know?

Exam board: We study Edexcel Business.

Essential Entry Requirements: You should aim to meet the standard Sixth Form requirements.

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

What is the work like?

As an example of the kind of work that you will cover during the A-Level course, please find to the right the pre-A-Level material that we asked Year 11 to complete before starting their Business course with us in September 2020.

Business Phase 1Business Phase 2Business Phase 3

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Mr Stones will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. You are welcome to email him on

To ask a Business student more about the course, please email and they will be happy to help you.



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

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

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: