Business A Level

A Level | WJEC/Eduqas

A Level Business involves the study of real-life organisations and works well alongside many other A Levels, due to its varied content and range of transferable skills.

On the course, you will learn what makes some businesses succeed, and some businesses fail.

  • You will understand what influences business decisions and be able to make judgements about how to improve businesses.
  • You will learn how to motivate your staff and lead your organisations of the future.
  • You will be able to discuss the legal, economic, political, sociological and technological influences on businesses and how to cope with them.
  • You will learn how to manage and interpret business accounts and look deeply into businesses financial situations.
  • You will also learn how marketing and advertising are instrumental to a firm’s success.

The modules start relatively simply and get increasingly complex as the course progresses, to develop an enthusiasm for the subject and a holistic understanding of Business. We will teach you to be visionary, think strategically and develop your business into one of the best in its industry.


Component 1: Business Opportunities and Functions

  • Business Opportunities focuses on new start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Business Functions broadens the context for learners and includes all types of business organization, ranging from recently formed small businesses to well established MNCs.

Topics include: Business plans, Marketing, Finance, HRM and Operations Management


Component 2: Business Analysis and Strategy

  • This builds on component 1, which was covered in the AS year.

Topics include: Data analysis, market analysis, sales forecasting, analysing financial and non-financial performance, aims and objectives, strategy and implementation, decision-making models, investment appraisal, special order decision making.


Component 3: Business in a Changing World

  • This focuses on how businesses adapt to succeed in a dynamic external environment.

Topics include: Change, risk management, PEST factors, ethical factors, legal and environmental factors, international trade, globalization and the European Union.

Course details

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSE subjects at grade 4 or above including an English GCSE at grade 4 or above and a Maths GCSE at grade 5 or above.

No previous knowledge of Business is required. You should have an interest in the business world and have an enquiring, analytical mind. You will be required to keep up to date with current affairs and what is going on in the real business world.

You should be numerate, but no high-level maths is included in the course. It is not necessary to have previously studied Business at GCSE. We will spend a lot of time helping you to improve your skills to enable you to see why business decisions have been made.

How will I be assessed?

100% examination


What extra work can I do?

Successful students of Business tend to be those who read widely about business-related current affairs and news stories. The BBC and broadsheet newspapers are good resources to build your understanding of the real-life business world so that your learning really comes to life.

Your teachers will also direct you to specific reading lists about Business theory and concepts and appropriate journals that are geared towards students studying A Level Business. 

What skills will I learn?

Do you see yourself working in business or in the city? Owning your own business and being your own boss, perhaps? Managing a team? Being instrumental in a firm’s future? If so, Business is the course for you.

What is the department like?

Guest speakers and business visits enable you to see their theory in practice. Join the business department and be part of a forward-thinking, dynamic and supportive team. 

Future Careers and Progression

What are the progression routes for this qualification?

The Business A Level is an excellent choice of qualification to enable further study of a related degree at university. Business is one of the largest and fastest-growing subjects in Higher Education and this course provides an excellent foundation for degree courses.

It is also welcomed by employers, as both courses encourage students to understand the Business world around them and allow for the development of many transferable skills. Our students have successfully entered various areas of Business direct from college such as Marketing, Management, Human Resources, Accounting and Administration. 

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"I really enjoyed the A-Level Business Studies course due to the high level of teaching support and constructive feedback provided. Also, the course delivered numerous real-life case studies which were insightful and useful in demonstrating how theory is applied in the real business world. The high-quality teaching combined with practical case studies delivered on the course gave me a fundamental understanding of business theories and their applications heading into university. This has undoubtedly helped me in starting a commercial career." ~ Tom Benson, Graduate Digital Account Manager, Hewlett-Packard.

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