What skills do I need?
There is no prerequisite to have studied business before, although this would obviously be an advantage.
You will need to work hard in lesson time to cover the content needed. You will also need to complete independent study around the topics. You will need to have good written communication skills and be well organised.
How is the course graded?
The course is graded A to E and will be achieved at the end of Year 13.
The themes are:
Theme 1 - Marketing and people
Theme 2 - Managing business activities
Theme 3 - Business decisions and strategy
Theme 4 - Global business
Paper 1: Marketing and people - 50% of AS grade
Paper 2: Managing business activities - 50% of AS grade
If students wish to carry this subject through to the full A level, these results will not be counted in final qualification result.
A Level Exam
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses 35% of total A level qualification
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy 35% of total A level qualification
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment 30% of total A level qualification
What is next for me after this course?
Students can progress from this qualification to higher education courses such as business management, business administration, accountancy and finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, tourism management and international business.
The course also offers a route into a wide range of careers ranging from banking, sales, product management and general management to working in public sector organisations or charities.