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This course will help students to develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s changing business world and will open up a wide range of opportunities in employment and for those wishing to continue to study at university. Students will acquire specific and relevant business skills in analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, and decision making that can be applied across a broad range of industries operating in multinational and global markets.

The new A level in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. Students are introduced to business in Units 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Units 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

 

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Although the Fast Track A Level Business programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.

All students must be 16 years of age or above.

 

Fast Track A Level Business Course Duration

1 year.

 

Study Hours Required

Approximately 350 hours.

Awarding Body

Pearson Edexcel

Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.

Examination Information

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

Pre-released materials required for Paper 3 will become available through your chosen examination centre in the November before your chosen examination period and will need to be requested directly from the examination centre.

All examinations are held during the May / June exam period of every year.

The whole ‘A’ level has FOUR (4) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into FOUR (4) Units of learning, these are:

 

Unit 1 – Marketing and People

In this theme, students are introduced to the market, explore the marketing and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs and business start up. This theme enables students to understand how businesses identify opportunities and to explore how businesses focus on developing a competitive advantage through interacting with customers. Students develop an understanding of how businesses need to adapt their marketing to operate in a dynamic business environment. This theme also considers people, exploring how businesses recruit, train, organise and motivate employees, as well as the role of enterprising individuals and leaders. Students must investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments, and in local, national and global contexts. To develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in business, students need to have acquired competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to and applied in the context of this theme.

 

Unit 2 – Managing Business Activities

In this theme, students explore the finance and operations functions, and investigate external influences on business. This theme enables students to develop an understanding of raising and managing finance, and measuring business performance. The theme outlines the importance of using resources efficiently within a business to ensure that goods or services can be delivered effectively and efficiently, and to a high quality. Students also consider the external influences that have an impact on businesses, including economic and legal factors. Students must investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments, and in local, national and global contexts. To develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in business, students need to have acquired competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to and applied in the context of this theme.

 

Unit 3 – Business Decisions and Strategy

In this theme, students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in Theme 2 and explore influences on business strategy and decision-making. This theme moves from functions to strategy, enabling students to develop their understanding of the core concepts and to take a strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students analyse corporate objectives and strategy against financial and non-financial performance measures and how businesses grow, and develop an understanding of the impact of external influences. The theme covers the causes and effects of change and how businesses mitigate risk and uncertainty. Students must investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments, and in local, national and global contexts. To develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in business, students need to have acquired competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to and applied in the context of this theme.

 

Unit 4 – Global Business

In this theme, students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in Theme 1 and explore business activity in a global context. Students investigate businesses that trade on a global scale and explore their reasons for doing so. Students develop an understanding of the globally competitive environment and consider the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities. Students must investigate different types and sizes of organisation in various business sectors and environments, and in local, national and global contexts. To develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in business, students need to have acquired competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to and applied in the context of this theme.

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.

AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.

AO3: Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences.

AO4: Evaluate qualitative and quantitative evidence to make informed judgements and propose evidence-based solutions to business issues.