Business AS & A Level
Taking A Level Business can give you the tools and information required to understand how businesses are created, managed and become successful. This is a good subject if you have aspirations of one day becoming self-employed or working in a managerial position.
The A Level Business course is very similar to the Economics A Level, so you learn a great deal about budgeting and financial stability. Often perceived as a formal, strict subject, it is however a fun, informative subject that bridges the science and art gap nicely.
A minimum of 4 subjects at grade 5 or above at GCSE plus English Language at grade 4 or above. You should also have a grade 4 in Maths and a grade 5 or above in Business (if studied).
What will I study?
Business gives an understanding of the many problems businesses can face and encourages students to develop analytical and evaluative ways to solve them.
Across the two years students will study the following:
What is business?
- Managers, leadership and decision making
- Decision making to improve marketing performance
- Decision making to improve operational performance
- Decision making to improve financial performance
- Decision making to improve human resource performance
- Analysing the strategic position of a business
- Choosing strategic direction
- Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
- Managing strategic change
Method of delivery
You will typically be in College four days per week. Your studies will be mainly classroom based but you will also experience some experiential learning. Your studies will have a combination of 30% online learning and 70% face-to-face on site, with 90% classroom based and 10% undertaking independent or simulated experiential learning or practical activities. Our methods of delivery will include to large groups of students online, accompanied by workshops, tutorials, some independent studies, problem solving and work-based learning developing strong independent learning skills to equip you for your next steps.
How will I be assessed?
Three compulsory papers covering all of the above content. Each paper counts for 33.3% of the final qualification. Each paper is 2 hours long and carries 100 marks.
Questions: Three compulsory sections
- Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks
- Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks
- Section C has two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) each worth 25 marks
- Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions
- One compulsory case study followed with approximately six questions
Before the qualification can be awarded, students must undertake all the assessments.
Good course combinations
Students studying Business often take A Level Economics, but it combines well with any subject.
Your next steps
You can progress onto a higher-level course at York College or university in a number of related areas e.g. marketing and business.