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Business at King Edward VII

Course description

This is a two year course with an A level exam taken at the end of Year 13.

· Enable candidates to focus on the dynamic nature of the contemporary business world.

· Provide opportunities for application of traditional skills such as accounting and finance.

· Offer opportunities for the development and application of a full range of academic skills.

· Explore real business situations.

· Be practical in the application of business concepts.

Students are introduced to business in Themes 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 Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. 


Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied Economics and/or Business at GCSE in order to take an Advanced GCE course in the subject.

If you have studied a Business related subject at GCSE you must have attained at least a grade 5.

A grade 5 in both English or English Literature and Maths is required. A grade 6 in Maths will be advantageous as there are a lot of calculations to complete as you study various elements of accountancy. You must be confident manipulating data.

You should have a keen interest in the world of business and follow news and current affairs closely. Students who do this often go on to be very successful, because applying “theory” to real life occurrences is the best way of grasping the subject matter.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to download our subject blocking timetable. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

Y12 Subject Blocks 2018-19

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.



Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses

This unit 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.

Assessment: 2 hour exam

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy

This unit 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.

Assessment: 2 hour exam.

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment

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.

Assessment: 2 hour exam.

Future opportunities

Obviously a career in an established business or starting up a business is the outcome for many learners, but going on to study a business, law, economics or an accounting course is a popular option for many of our past students.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks