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GCE Business AS/A-Level at The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls

Course description

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 GCE Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Business is structured  into two themes and consists of two externally examined papers. Students are introduced to business through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. 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.

Course content

AS: Theme 1: Marketing and people

You will develop an understanding of:

  • meeting customer needs
  • the market
  • marketing mix and strategy
  • managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders


AS: Theme 2: Managing business activities

You will develop an understanding of:

·         raising finance

·         financial planning

·          managing finance

·          resource management

·         External influences


A2: Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. You will develop an understanding of:

  • business objectives and strategy
  • business growth
  •  decision-making techniques
  • influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness · managing change


A2: Theme 4: Global business

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. You will develop an understanding of:

  • globalisation
  • global markets and business expansion
  • global marketing
  • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

Entry requirements

To succeed, you will need a minimum C grade in Mathematics and English Language.  There is no prior learning or other requirements for this qualification.


All units will be externally assessed in A2.  

Future opportunities

You can progress from this qualification to:

  • higher education courses such as business management, business administration, accountancy and finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, tourism management and international business
  • a wide range of careers ranging from banking, sales, product management and general management to working in public sector organisations or charities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years