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Business Studies


Business will allow you to develop a broad understanding of business organisations and provide you with the knowledge of the key business functional areas. The curriculum reflects the ever changing character of business and the rapid growth of new technologies.

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a grade 5 in GCSE Business, if taken, or a similar subject.


Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Theme 1: Marketing and People

Topics include: meeting customer needs, the markets, marketing mix and strategy, managing people, the role of the entrepreneur


Theme 2: Managing business activities

Topics include: raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management, external influences


Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

Topics include: business objective and strategy, business growth, decision making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness, managing change


Theme 4: Global business

Topics include: globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global markets, global industries and companies

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

Opportunities in the past have included business events organised by Virgin Money and talks from business owners and managers.


Throughout the course, students will be assessed through a variety of activities in class, homework activities and internal formal assessments during the course to practice exam technique. Students will sit three external exams at the end of the second year.

EDEXCEL A Level Business 1, Ian Marcouse, Hodder Education.

Harvard Business Review

BBC news and Website –



Students can progress to higher education courses such as business management, business administration, accountancy and finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, tourism management and international business.

You could follow a wide range of career paths ranging from retail, banking, sales, product management and general management in public sector organisations or charities.

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