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Business Studies

A level  Business captivates the imagination of students so that when they leave the classroom, they’ll want to explore and read around the subject further. While serving as an introduction to the study of Business, the specifications will also provide opportunities for stretch and challenge, to extend students’ understanding of the business world. With this in mind, this course will appeal to students across the ability range. The classroom is where the majority of students will be introduced to the study of Business. It’s within this environment that they will confront issues, tackle the challenges that these issues raise, and engage in debate and discussion with fellow students. This exciting atmosphere will be supported by a complete, comprehensive and high-quality Business teaching and learning resources. At the heart of A level  Business will be its relevance to the modern world; its topicality will engage students and facilitate an understanding of their role in society. The stimulating specification content will encourage them to develop their skills as independent learners, critical thinkers and decision-makers – all personal assets that can make them stand out as they progress to higher education and/or the workplace.

This course is only available at Key Stage 5.

Key Stage 5

What will your child learn in our subject?

Students can either start or continue their business education with a traditional AS/A2 in Business studies.  The course has been updated to capture and inspire students’ interest in the way in which businesses operate in the modern world. It is designed to allow students to:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of business decision making, and the impacts these have on the business and its stakeholders.

  • Look at different types of business with an emphasis on what the importance and consequences are for them and why they differ depending on size.

  • Confront issues, tackle the challenges these issues raise and engage in debate and discussion with fellow students.

  • Learn how to make decisions, and develop the necessary analytical, questioning and quantitative skills to progress in the subject.


Students develop their understanding of businesses and look in more depth at motivation of staff, productivity, operations, finance and marketing. Students are expected at this level to be able to critique business theory and concepts, as well as apply their knowledge to make business decisions and evaluate business decisions. On these courses it is expected that students are able to judge business success and recommend their own strategies to achieve the aims and the objectives of given business by examples.

This course is 100% assessed through examination.

Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips:

To support students on this course we are keen to develop a deeper understanding of the business environment and the way that businesses work. All sixth formers, regardless of whether they are studying this project, are welcome to join the Young Enterprise Project.

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills.

They  make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed, building on 8 key skills:

  • Communication

  • Confidence

  • Financial Capability

  • Initiative

  • Organisation

  • Problem-solving

  • Teamwork

  • Resilience

1 million young people have run a real business for a year with Young Enterprise.

Running throughout one academic year, students find out what it’s really like to set up and run a business. Students make all the decisions about their company, from deciding on the company name and product to creating a business plan, managing the company finances, selling to the public at trade fairs to ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise.The Company Programme culminates in the UK Final which this year featured 14 teams battling it out to be crowned UK Company of the Year and to go on to the JA-YE European Final.

How this subject promotes British Values:

British Values underpin many aspects of the course that we deliver within the Business and Computing department.  As such, these themes recur in many topics that we teach. As part of our A Level Business Studies courses, both Business Law and Employment Law are covered to some depth as well as the importance of these laws in determining British liberties and freedoms. In our recruitment units, we analyse the impact of mutual respect, tolerance and equal opportunities when working with employees. Discussions and debates on how different ethnic groups and religious beliefs help contribute to the overall success of the global economy are regularly witnessed within business lessons, these are key to students understanding how every individual has a place in today’s society.