The focus of AS Level Business is on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national markets. A Level Business builds on the AS Level units by considering more complex business scenarios and focusing on strategy.
- Course Type School Leaver
- Subject Area Business
- Qualification A Level 🧩
- Study Mode: Full Time Only
- Course Level Level 3
- Course Length 2 years
Any A Level subjects can be combined. A Levels can also be studied alongside a BTEC Level 3 Certificate.
You will gain an AS Level in the first year of this course. The focus of Business AS Level is on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national markets. It covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success. It considers how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions throughout the business. A Level Business builds on the AS units by considering more complex business scenarios and focusing on strategy.
The course will be taught by the use of small group work, self-directed research and presentation, class discussion and lectures. All units taught in year one are assessed across two papers at the end of the year. Paper 1 is assessed through multiple choice questions, short answer questions and mini case study data response questions. Paper 2 is assessed by short answer questions and the use of a case study for data response questions. There is no course work option.
What topics will I study?
The focus of Edexcel AS/A Business is thematic , the themes ( 1- 4) are :
1) Marketing and People:
- meeting customer needs
- the market
- marketing mix and strategy
- managing people
- entrepreneurs and leaders.
2) Managing business activities:
- raising finance
- financial planning
- managing finance
- resource management
- external influences.
3) Business decisions and strategy:
- business objectives and strategy
- business growth
- decision-making techniques
- influences on business decisions
- assessing competitiveness
- managing change.
4) Global business:
- global markets and business expansion
- global marketing
- global industries and companies (multinational corporations).
Year 1: Themes 1 and 2 are assessed at AS Level (2 papers of 90 minutes each – 1 per theme – assessment is undertaken use a range of styles from short answer, data response and extended writing. This is a stand-alone qualification and does not contribute the A Level final award. A grade D is required to continue this course onto year 2 and the full A Level.
Year 2: Themes 1,2,3,4 are assessed at A Level the assessment comprises of 3 papers of 2 hours each, a similar range of assessment styles are used to those at AS Level.
The course will be taught by the use of small group work, self-directed research and presentation, class discussion and lectures. All units taught in year one are assessed across two papers at the end of the year. There is no course work option.
This course goes particularly well in combination with Maths, English Language, Sociology and Modern Foreign Languages.
Next steps: This course prepares you for further academic study at university level, including courses such as the Business Higher National Diploma (HND) at Exeter College. You could also progress into a career in business and management, launch your own business or progress onto accountancy Apprenticeships via Exeter College.
- Entry Requirements
Standard entry requirements: Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths).
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: You must enjoy reading and Maths, following business developments and thinking critically about contemporary business issues. If you enter the course with a grade 4 in Maths you will be required to attend additional sessions in core mathematic skills for business.
You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in Victoria House. Many Business classrooms are fully equipped with IT suites.
- Additional Costs
There is a £20 fee to cover cost of materials and resources. Resource fees can be paid at or immediately after enrolment in late August via the college’s online payment system Wisepay, which can be accessed on our website.
In addition, the core text book currently retails for £35 for this course. We consider this to be essential reading – the books covers all themes – 1- 4 and will be required for both years of study.
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