What does the course involve?

Business is a dynamic subject. You will learn about the diverse nature of business enterprise and the interdependence of the various parts of the business world. You will explore business success and business failure, investigate local, national and global business markets and understand how businesses need to adapt and respond strategically to the changing environment in which they operate to survive and grow. This constant evolutionary process makes business a fascinating subject.

Year 1

In Theme 1 - Marketing and People and Theme 2 - Managing Business Activities you will learn about how businesses work.

You will be introduced to the marketing and people functions before investigating entrepreneurs and business start-ups. You will also explore how business finance and operations work, and understand the impact of external influences.

Year 2

Theme 3 – Business Decisions and Strategy and Theme 4 – Global Business move from functions to strategy.
You will explore influences on business strategy and decision-making, and understand how businesses mitigate risk and uncertainty. You will also explore global business and the opportunities and issues facing businesses in today’s global world which becomes more relevant and crucial by the day!


What qualifications do I need?

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied business before.
You might have an interest in business, and want to start your own business one day. You may have an enquiring mind and be interested in learning about the world around you, how businesses work and what challenges businesses face. This course will help you to understand all this and more.



Assessment of the course is through external examination at the end of each unit which involves a range of different skills including, data response, case studies and a decision making report which all reflect the wide ranging learning styles used through the teaching of the course. The AS and A level courses will be taught alongside each other. Students will sit the AS at the end of the first year which entails two exams based on themes 1 and 2. The full A level will involve three papers as set out below all sat at the end of year 2. NOTE ; The AS in Business does not contribute towards the full A level.

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

You will tackle data response and essay questions on marketing, people and global businesses – this is the content you study in Theme 1 and Theme 4.

You will tackle data response and essay questions on business activities, decisions and strategy – this is the content you study
in Theme 2 and Theme 3.

You will have a research task before the exam. The questions in the exam – data response and essay questions – are linked to the context you will research.


General Comments

Students should be prepared to keep up to date with economic and business events through all forms of the media as part of their studies. Visits and guest speakers will also be incorporated into the course at appropriate times. Linking work experience with the course would also be useful as a learning tool. Business is relevant, real life and can set you up for life!

Future Prospects

Following completion of this course, students will be well equipped to move onto a range of business based courses at university as well as providing an invaluable preparation to the world of work and the general business and economic environment.

Videos from the Department

Mr Varey, Head of Business, tells you everything you need to know about the Business Studies course, which can be taken in either A-Level or BTEC format

Jack and Alice sharetheir experiences with the Business course and answer some common questions about the Business Studies course