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Business Studies A-level at The Oakes College Cambridge (at The Netherhall School)

Course description

This course will enable you to study such relevant topics as digital technology, social media, globalisation and ethics as they relate to Business.

By taking a holistic approach to the subject, this course demonstrates the inter-related nature of Business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary Business issues and situations.

As an A-level Business student you will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of core Business theories and terminology to various Business contexts
  • Analyse evidence in order to show understanding of how individuals and organisations respond to real-world developments.
  • Evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgments and propose evidence-based solutions to Business issues

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including English at grade 4 or above.

Business – we would normally expect students to have achieved a GCSE grade 5 or above in Maths

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.



The course is assessed via three examinations, each carrying an equal weight of a third of the final grade:

Business 1:   A two hour written examination featuring multiple choice, short answer and essay responses

Business 2:   A two hour written examination featuring 3 data response multi-part questions

Business 3:   A two hour written examination featuring one case study followed by approximately 6 questions

Real life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the course.


Future opportunities

This course is an ideal complement for a wide range of other advanced level subjects leading towards undergraduate study.  A good degree of literacy and numeracy is necessary for this course, especially as this is also a requirement for successful and high quality employment, which may be another viable option upon the successful completion of this course.

Further information

For further intormation contact:

Mr L Driscoll -
Mr A Fraser -

Delivery: Full-time

Open Evening:  17 October 2017

Application Deadline:  10 January 2018

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: 26 September 2017
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