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Business Studies A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

“Enterprise is an important concept that is being actively promoted by the UK government, through, for example, its support for start-up businesses and its curriculum requirements in schools. Reality television programmes, such as The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den, Mary Queen of Shops and Badger or Bust, have encouraged a much wider interest in entrepreneurial activity. The fact that people have seen actual entrepreneurs succeed and make large amounts of money, often in quite short periods of time, has reinforced this interest.”

Philip Allan

The course allows the student to:

  • gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
  • develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
  • understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
  • acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
  • apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

Course content

The course covers a number of Business disciplines. At Clevedon, we additionally include the vital element of actually running a business and producing profit. We have donated many thousands of pounds to charities following the events and students have gained invaluable experience. This has given students great confidence at interview for University/ apprenticeships/ and moving straight into employment.


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.

A Level - Students undertake 2 further themes

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


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  1. At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  2. Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  3. Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.


At AS, this course comprises of 2 external terminal examinations of 50% each.

At A Level, this course comprises of 3 external terminal examinations. 2 are worth 35% and the other 30%.



Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to university but many others find the course an excellent foundation for commerical modern apprenticeships or the world of work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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