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Business - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

Course description

You will learn :

  • management techniques suitable for decision making in any occupation: business managers, people in the professions, engineers and scientists all need to know how to manage teams and resources effectively
  • the importance of valuing the people with whom we work
  • how to analyse work-related problems and recommend solutions
  • the way that world-wide events affect the work that we do
  • how to make effective presentations

Entry requirements

Business Studies at GCSE grade B or English & Mathematics at GCSE grade B


Business enables students to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business in British and Global societies. The course covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, marketing issues; students are encouraged to adopt a critical approach to understanding current organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value.

Business is split into 10 modules, 6 studied in year 12 and 4 in year 13. The course consists of 100% examination.

AS Subject content:

1. What is business?

2. Managers, leaders and decision making

3. Decision making to improve marketing performance

4. Decision making to improve operational performance

5. Decision making to improve financial performance

6. Decision making to improve human resource performance


Paper 1 - Two compulsory questions, including multiple choice, short answer questions and data response questions. 1½ hours. 50% of AS

Paper 2 – One compulsory case study consisting of seven questions. 1½ hours. 50% of AS

A Level Subject Content:

The six topics from the AS course plus

1. Analysing a firm’s current performance from data

2. Choosing appropriate long-term strategies for firms

3. How to implement strategies

4. How to successfully manage change in the business world


Paper 1 – Multiple choice questions, short answer and two essays. 2 hours.

Paper 2 – Three compulsory data response questions. 2 hours.

Paper 3 – One compulsory case study consisting of six questions. 2 hours

Future opportunities

  • An AS or A Level lays a solid foundation for further study of Business or related subjects in higher education. Business is also strongly related to courses in Accounting, Economics, Marketing and Human Resources and provides an important context for Government, Politics, Law, Geography and Psychology.
  • Equally, the material studied is very useful for anyone intending to pursue a career in any area of management.

Further information

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • have a keen interest in current affairs and the business world
  • want to become future managers
  • have an interest in global markets, and how businesses become profitable
  • have an interest in the financial and marketing affairs of a business
  • are keen to know more about economics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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