What is A level Business?

Business will enable you to uncover the truth behind the decisions made by businesses and the impact that these decisions have in the four key areas of marketing, production, human resources and finance. We take an in depth look at real-life business examples, from world leaders such as Adidas and McDonald’s to small local businesses, analysing the impact of their choices and predicting the likely outcomes.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.

Subject leader

Rob Barnes

"Studying business at RSFC has been an amazing experience. The staff are supportive and also challenge you to succeed further. The content itself is really interesting and so applicable to the world around us. I would highly recommend taking business as it is not only useful but really fun."

Alyssa Speight

what will I study?

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change
By taking a holistic approach to the subject, you will demonstrate the inter-related nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. The content is designed to engage you through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – you will study key contemporary developments such as digital chronology, business ethics, and globalisation. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment. The question papers use a variety of assessment styles including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies so that you feel more confident and engage with the questions. Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for you to relate to and apply your knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.

additional activities with this subject

Business studies students have the opportunity to participate in visits to businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover to develop your understanding of different business functions. You will also have the opportunity to compete in the Investor Challenge and the ICAEW BASE competition.


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