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Business A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

A Level Business helps students develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they operate in and the strategic decisions needed. You will become aware that businesses operate in a dynamic environment. You will acquire a range of transferable skills including decision-making and problem-solving and be aware of current business issues eg: technology, ethics and globalisation .

Course content

A Level Business is a dynamic subject which focuses on decision-making at a functional and strategic level.  You will learn about theories, concepts and models and will apply these to real-world business contexts, using them to analyse data and solve problems and build an understanding of some key managerial skills.   The course also complements the Young Enterprise project, which is open to any sixth former, where students form their own business. You don't have to have studied GCSE Business Studies to take this A Level.

A Level Business topics - Year 12:

  • Introduction to business, managers and decision making, eg: the importance of profit, leadership styles
  • Improving marketing performance, eg: 7p's of the marketing mix
  • Improving operational performance, eg: capacity utilisation
  • Improving financial performance, eg: improving profitability
  • Improving human resources performance, eg: managing HR flow

A Level Business topics - Year 13:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business, eg: financial ratios
  • Choosing strategic direction, eg: Ansoff's matrix
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies, eg: internationalisation
  • Managing strategic change, eg: Kotter & Schlesinger's models

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in Business Studies (if taken, but not compulsory)

GCSE Grade 5 in English and Mathematics


A Level Business:

Paper 1: Business 1  written exam: 2 hours  100 marks in total  33.3% of A Level - Three compulsory questions  Section A: 15 multiple choice questions worth 15 marks  Section B: short answer questions worth approximately 35 marks  Section C & D: 2 essay questions (choice of one 1 from 2 each time) worth 25 marks each.

Paper 2: Business 2  written exam: 2 hours  100 marks in total  33.3% of A Level - 3 data response questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of 3 or 4 part questions

Paper 3: Business 3  written exam: 2 hours  100 marks in total  33.3% of A Level - One compulsory case study followed by approximately 6 questions

Future opportunities

This course is excellent preparation for further study at degree level or for any kind of commercial career. The skills you learn on the course are exactly the transferable skills that are highly valued by employers and Universities alike.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2018 open on Tuesday 3 October 2017 and close on Friday 12 January 2018. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2018:

6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

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: 18 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA A Level 7132


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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.