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Business Studies A Level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

The Business A Level is designed to enable students to focus on the dynamic nature of the contemporary business world. It will provide opportunities for research into topical business issues and offer opportunities for the development and application of a full range of academic skills. Students will explore real business situations, be practical in the application of business concepts and understand the role of the entrepreneur and business in society. 

Course content

The AQA syllabus for Business A Level consists of 10 elements, delivered over two years.

1.    What is business?

2.    Managers, leadership and decision making

3.    Decision making to improve marketing performance

4.    Decision making to improve operational performance

5.    Decision making to improve financial performance

6.    Decision making to improve human resource performance

7.    Analysing the strategic position of a business

8.    Choosing strategic direction

9.    Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

10.  Managing strategic change


Those students who wish to complete only an AS in Business will study only options 1-6 above.

Entry requirements

To take Business, students are normally required to have a GCSE grade B in both mathematics and English. However, no previous knowledge of Business is needed. 


Both the AS and A Level are 100% examination. Students who take the AS will have their exams at the end of Year 12, whereas those students who do the full A Level in Business will be assessed at the end of Year 13. 

Future opportunities

The most popular career pathway for Business students is into the world of business. Whether it’s starting up your own company, working for a multi-national corporation, working in human resources or even turning to accountancy, the possibilities are endless. All businesses (and other organisations like charities and hospitals) need sound business skills behind them. So no matter what path you decide to take, your business skills will come in handy. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priory School Edgbaston directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.