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GCE AS/A Level Business Studies

Programme Description

If you are interested in the dynamic world of business in Wales, the UK and globally, then A level Business is for you. With a regular update of breaking business news stories, research tasks, and presentations, the world of business is brought to life in the classroom. In addition, you will visit local businesses and benefit from the talks given by invited guest speakers with specialisms in key business functions. You will also be provided with the opportunity to compete in  business competitions. 

Business is a subject which combines effectively with many subject areas including, Languages, Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities.

Businesses visited to date include Ford Engine Plant, Tata Steel, Cadbury World and Castell Howell.

Programme Features

You will be expected to be familiar with current business issues and be able to investigate, analyse and evaluate contemporary business opportunities and problems in a wide range of contexts, whilst recognising how businesses adapt to operate in a dynamic business environment. 

You will have the opportunity to work individually, in groups and as a whole class, delivering research findings and contributing to presentations and discussions.  In turn this will give you a chance to develop your confidence when speaking to an audience and also the opportunity to demonstrate the depth of your understanding and knowledge.

Progression & Employment

Students who have successfully completed their A level in Business have gone on to higher education to study a range of degree courses including, Business and Management, Business and French, Business and Fashion, Accountancy, Marketing and Business Law. They have secured places in a number of universities, including Cardiff, Birmingham and Leeds:  members of the prestigious Russell Group Universities.

Other students have completed apprenticeships in a range of areas, including chartered surveying, real estate management, retailing and banking.  

In addition, some students have taken up the opportunity of management training courses based in the retailers where they have worked part-time during the A level course. For example, H & M and Tesco.

Programme Content

The A level Business course consists of four units, 2 AS unit and 2 A2 units. 

The subject content enables you to investigate different types and sizes of organisations in various business sectors and to draw on local, national and global contexts, including data which relates to the Welsh business environment. You will develop a holistic understanding of business and enterprise and be aware of the opportunities and threats of operating in a global marketplace. 

Topics include: 

Finance - making investment information, measuring performance and financial decisions.

Marketing Strategies - selecting successful marketing strategies, developing marketing plans.

Operations Strategies - operational issues, location, innovation and improving operational efficiency. 

Human Resource Strategies - workforce planning, adapting organisational structures, successful          employee relations.

Programme Assessment

Units are assessed 100% externally assessed

AS Unit 1  Written examination 1 hour 15 minutes  (60marks)

AS Unit 2  Written examination 2 hours   (80marks)


A   Unit 3  Written examination  2 hours 15 minutes  (80 marks)

A   Unit 4  Written examination  2 hours 15 minutes  (80 marks)

Programme Entry Requirements

Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview and on sight of GCSE qualifications. 

An applicant for A level Business will need to have at least C grades in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Additional Costs

You will have access to a range of equipment and resources, which will be sufficient to complete your programme of study.

You will need to provide your own course folder, writing paper, pens, pencils and calculator. 

A contribution may be required towards transport costs when visiting local businesses. However, the costs are kept to a minimum.