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The Weston Road Academy Business Studies A Level Pearson (Block D) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. 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. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions. There may be an option for studying the AS course in one year, however, all students enrolled on the A-Level course will study Themes 1&2 in Year 1. For the A-Level course there will be three external assessments that students will sit at the end of the two year course

Course content

Theme 1: Marketing and PeopleStudents will develop and understanding of: meeting customer needs the market marketing mix and strategy managing people entrepeneurs and leaders Theme 2: Managing business activitiesStudents will develop an understanding of:raising finance financial planning managing finance resource management external influences Theme 3: Business decisions and strategyThis 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 businessThis theme develops the concepts introoduced in Theme 1.; Students will develop an understanding of:globalisation global markets and business expansion global marketing global industries and ocmpanies (multinational corporations)

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).



Paper 1: Marks Available 30% Marketing, people and global Business (9BSO/01)- this paper will be based on themes 1 and 2 of the syllabus.  Duration: 2hours

Paper 2:Marks Available: 35%: Business Activities, decisions and strategy (9BSO/02)- this paper will be based on themes 2&3 of the syllabus. Duration: 2hours

Paper 3: Marks Available: 35%;: Investigating business in a competitive environment (9BSO/03) – this paper will be based on Themes 1-4 of the syllabus.; There will be pre-seen case study material provided for use with this paper. All three A-Level external examinations will be sat at the end of the two year A-Level course.

Financial information

All course related material will be provided. Students will be required to equip themselves with a folder, calculator, pens & writing pad.

Future opportunities

University – Business related degree courses are still amongst the most popular courses in the UK

Apprenticeships, employment

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12DWrBS1