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Business AS/A Level at Allerton High School

Course description

If you study A Level Business you will learn about real local and national businesses, engage with visiting business speakers, solve real business problems and develop business ideas and strategies.

Course content

The course involves studying 4 themes over the 2 years of the course.  In Year 12 you will study:-

Theme 1: Marketing and People

Students will develop an understanding of:-

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

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities

Students will develop an understanding of:-

  • raising finance
  • financial planning
  • managing finance
  • resource management
  • external influences

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy

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

  • business objectives and strategy
  • business growth
  • decision making techniques
  • influences on business decisions
  • assessing competitiveness
  • managing change

Theme 4: Global Business

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

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

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of 5 9-5 or equivalent grades at GCSE including English and Maths.  You also should preferably have studied Business or Business and Communication Systems at GCSE but this is not essential. 


The AS qualification is assessed through two 90 minute exams, each contributing 50% to the overall grade awarded.

A-level assessment – This consists of three two hour written exams taken at the end of the two-year course. Each exam will be worth a third of the A-level. All three papers will draw on material from the whole course, and will feature a range of question styles including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, essay questions, data response questions and case studies.


Future opportunities

Whatever job you end up doing, the chances are that you will be working for a business. This course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding you will need to succeed.

If you are interested in how decisions are made, in how businesses promote their products to make us choose one brand instead of another, and in how businesses can measure their success, then this could be the course for you.

Further information

For further information about this, or any of the other Business courses on offer at Allerton High School, please contact Mr S Walker on 0113 2034770.

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: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770