Business is the perfect fit for students who are interested in and inspired by the world around them.

In lessons, we discuss topics which are in the news and analyse decisions using knowledge gained in class. Business changes and adapts and students will be asked to analyse decisions made by businesses. How could that business closure have been avoided? How could a business have prepared for an unplanned event? Why have they been successful?

I love how business is current and we are living through monumental changes. We always discuss current events and explain what we would have done differently to make a business succeed.


A level business

Awarding body


Year 12

Theme 1 – marketing and people. Students are introduced to business concepts, such as the market; the marketing mix; managing people and leaders.

Theme 2 – managing business activities. Students will look at how businesses can raise finance, managing finance, analyse financial documents and external influences.

Year 13

Theme 3 – business decisions and strategy. Students will learn about business growth, decision-making techniques, business objectives and strategies, and influences on business strategies.

Theme 4 – global business – Students learn about globalisation, global marketing, global markets, business expansion and multinational corporations.


Three written examinations at the end of Year 13. All exam papers include data response questions and extended open-response questions. Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of business linked to real-life case studies. They are graded on their analytical and evaluative skills.

Paper 1 – 35% of qualification

Paper 2 – 35% of qualification

Paper 3 – 30% of qualification

I enjoy studying business because it’s relevant, current and very interesting. I’ve decided to study business at university!

Why study business?

Business is of particular value to those hoping to pursue careers in any business. Some careers include marketing, human resources, accountancy, retail and sales, travel and tourism, financial advisors, management, business consultancy, advertising and hospitality.

Business is my passion, it’s helped to prepare me for the world of work.