Business Studies


Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardEdexcel 

Additional Entry Requirements(GCSE Business not required) GCSE Grade 5 in English Lit or Lang and Grade 5 in Mathematics 


Why study Business? 

Business is suitable for anyone who: 

  • May wish to pursue a career in business  
  • Wishes to run their own business 
  • Enjoys studying a subject that affects their own everyday life 
  • Would like to continue studying this subject at university. 


Course Content 

  1. Theme 1: introduces students to marketing and people with a focus on managing people and marketing strategy. 
  1. Theme 2: is an introduction to managing business activities such as financial and resource management. 
  1. Theme 3: explores business decisions and strategy focussing on managing change and business objectives. 
  1. Theme 4: explores global issues, such as globalisation, international trade, and global marketing. 


There are three externally assessed (exam) papers at A level.  

Each paper comprises 100 marks and is two hours long.  

Data response questions are short answer and extended open response. 

A level Paper 3 has a broad pre-released context to support the investigative nature of the qualification. 


Careers in Business 

  • Running your own business. 
  • Careers in private enterprise or those working for central or local government.   
  • Careers in banking and retailing.   
  • Careers in marketing and customer service.