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Business A Level at Keswick School

Course description

A level business considers real-life businesses and the way in which accepted business theory relates to their operation.

Students will investigate start-up businesses, small and medium enterprises and multinational corporations.

Typical students of the subject will be interested in the world around them, will have an awareness of how businesses operate and be prepared to look at all aspects of the world of work and business in general.

Students will be expected to take part in project work, class discussions, presentations, games and active learning.

Course content

Component One - business opportunities and functions

Learners will need to study the content areas below: enterprise; business plans; markets; market research; business structure; business location; business finance; business revenue and costs; marketing; finance; people in organisations (human resources); operations management.

Component Two - business analysis and strategy

Learners will need to study the content areas below: data analysis; market analysis; sales forecasting; analysing financial performance; analysing non-financial performance; aims and objectives; strategy and implementation; decision-making models; investment appraisal; special orders.

Component Three – business in a changing world

Learners will need to study the content areas below: change; risk management; pest factors; ethical, legal and environmental factors; international trade; globalisation; the European Union.

Entry requirements

It is not essential that the subject has been studied at GCSE. However, if studied at GCSE, then a grade C or above should have been achieved.


3 exams in Year 13.

Future opportunities

Business is an A level course which combines well with many other subject areas. It is also a popular course for progression to university and for working life. It enables students to keep careers options open and the skills developed are widely recognised by employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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