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Business A level at The Littlehampton Academy

Course description

Business related topics are among the most popular fields of study at universities worldwide, particularly at graduate level and business graduates are in high demand worldwide. Business touches on pretty much every aspect of modern human society. It is demonstrated through the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations to provide a dynamic learning environment which relates to issues that are relevant in today’s society.

Course content

Year 12 An introduction to key business areas: marketing, operations, finance and human resource management. This includes a special focus on decision making – particularly how decisions made in one area can affect the rest of the business. Content includes;

  • Topic 1 – What is business?
  • Topic 2 – Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Topic 3 – Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Topic 4 – Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Topic 5 – Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Topic 6 – Decision making to improve human resource performance

Year 13 (second year). An investigation of the strategic decisions that all businesses have to make. Content includes;

  • Topic 7 – Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Topic 8 – Choosing the strategic direction
  • Topic 9 – Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Topic 10 – Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

Minimum grade B in English and Maths (having sat Business GCSE is a bonus).


A-level assessment consists of three two hour written exams taken at the end of the two year course. Each exam will be worth a third of the A-level. All three papers will draw on material from the whole course, and will feature a range of question styles including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, essay questions, data response questions and case studies.

Future opportunities

If you’d like to study business, finance or management at university, A-level Business provides an excellent foundation. The skills you learn are also transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers. Whatever you choose to do in the future, you’ll find that the things you learn in this course will help. You might have ambitious plans to start your own business. If that’s the case, you’ll find the marketing and finance topics particularly useful.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Littlehampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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