A-Level Business will demonstrate the interrelated nature of Business using different business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of the modern business environment, issues and situations that impact on business. Our content is designed to engage students through topics and scenarios that are relevant in today's society.
You will complete the AS Level in the first year and the A2 in the second to form a full A-Level.
In Year 1 students will study business in a variety of contexts; large and small businesses, UK focused along with global businesses in both services and manufacturing. We will focus on the strategies that are needed for success in each of the key functional areas: Marketing, HRM, Operations and Finance, whilst also looking at how businesses are set up and managed.
The focus in Year 2 is on the study of strategic decision making at the highest levels of management, where you will consider: the impact of the external environment on strategic decision making, strategies for successful growth, the value of leadership and planning, successfully managing change and why strategies sometimes fail.
As an Business student, you can also take part in national competitions such as the Stock exchange challenge and Young enterprise scheme. Guest speakers and trips are arranged in tandem with BTEC Business as a whole department - trips have included - Krakow, Prague, Budapest.
There are written examinations in each year, which cover the content of the specification. The 1st year examination doesn't count towards the final grade; however it does set a good basis for your continuation on the course for your second year.
To ensure you are picking a suitable course, I would suggest that you read up on Business studies with this suggested reading list. A range of books are given below covering different areas we would cover on this course. This will not only kick-start your understanding of the topic area. But also give you an idea of the course as a whole.
1) The Infinite Game: How Great Businesses Achieve Long-Lasting Success - Simon Sinek
2) This is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn To See Paperback - Seth Godin
3) Amazon: How the World's Most Relentless Retailer will Continue to Revolutionize Commerce - Natalie Berg and Miya Knights
4) The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time - Allen Gannett
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above which must include Maths
GCSE English Language at Grade 6
After Your Course
The majority of students go on to university, where Business represents the largest single subject in the university sector.
For potential employers, Business, with its broad study base and balance of numerical and written skills, is an ideal foundation for the recruitment of students for managerial positions and offers all the skills employers have recently said are lacking in new recruits.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.