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Business Studies at Longbenton Community College

Course description

The OCR A Level in Business will provide learners with the ability to apply basic business concepts to a wider range of contexts, understand and apply sophisticated concepts and techniques, analyse, interpret and evaluate complex business information and take a more strategic view of business opportunities, problems and issues. It will develop skills such as data analysis, problem solving and essay writing. These transferable skills can be used within any subsequent course of study. They can also be applied by any learner progressing into a managerial role within any organisation. It is important that the content of this specification is seen as a whole and not as a series of discrete elements, as the content listed in one section may be assessed in any context.

Course content

Business objectives and strategic decisions

External influences facing businesses

Marketing and marketing strategies

Operational strategy

Human resources

Accounting and financial considerations

The global environment of Business

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including English and Maths and a grade B or above in GCSE Business is recommended.


Operating in a local business environment (01*) 80 marks 2 hours written paper 33.33% of total A level

The UK business environment (02*) 80 marks 2 hours written paper 33.33% of total A Level

The global business environment (03*) 80 marks 2 hours written paper 33.33% of total A Level

Further information

The main areas of study in the OCR A Level in Business include accounting and finance, external influences, marketing, operations and people in organisations. The required depth of study has been amplified within topics such as marketing (the marketing mix, digital and international marketing, service marketing), human resources (recruitment, selection and training, workforce planning, appraisals), operations management (research and development, stock control and logistics/supply chain solutions) and accounting and finance (final accounts, including the calculation of profit).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longbenton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years