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Business A level at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Have you got what it takes to be a manager of the future? Whether you want to start
your own company or be a CEO of a multinational corporation, we teach you the skills that are required.

Business is a dynamic, fast-moving subject based in the real world. You will learn
about how businesses operate and discover that business is always in the news. There is always something going on directly related to what you will be studying, from mergers and takeovers to ethical concerns about supply chains or executive pay.  You will discover how to market a product successfully depending on the target audience and you will learn to analyse the strategies employed by business such as Jaguar Land Rover and Ikea for success.

You will also find out how to motivate people, and look at different ways of leading an organisation. You will discover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Business will equip you with the skills you need to progress into work or on to University. 

Course content

Edexcel GCE in Business is structured into two themes in the first year: Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to real life business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work.

In year two breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Entry requirements

Minimum 6 GCSEs at grade A*- C (including English Language) for A Level study programmes.

Candidates must have at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English Language, in addition to normal A level college entry requirements. There is a strong focus on numeracy in A level Business therefore candidates are expected to have high standards of numerical reasoning. Essay writing also forms an important part of the assessment, therefore quality of language is also assessed as an integral part of the course.  Students are expected to keep up to date with current business news and have to demonstrate a desire to conduct independent study.

Students to demonstrate an ability to carry out calculations, interpret and analyse data, apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations, develop arguments and make judgments and decisions.


In the first year the course will be assessed with two externally assessed examinations.

Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses

This is a 2 hour paper which is worth 35% of the total qualification and draws on themes 1&4.

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy

This is a 2 hour paper which is worth 35% of the total qualification and draws on themes 2&3.

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment

Section A will focus on the broad context provided in the pre-released document issued on our website in the November of the previous year.
Section B will focus on at least one strand. Students are required to apply their knowledge from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their understanding of the broad context to this.

Future opportunities

Studying Business will open your eyes to the wide range of job opportunities available, ranging from finance to marketing to management.

Many of our business students’ progress onto University after leaving St Charles; just over 60% of A level Business students and  approximately 70% of BTEC Business students go onto study a business related degree. This ranges from generic courses such as Business Studies and International Business Management to more focused ones such as Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Human Resources Management.

Further information

Opportunities to get involved!

  • The Business department has close links with a plethora of employers and academic institutions.
  • Active participation and involvement with both internal and external revision workshops and conferences
  • Opportunity to learn and compete with enrichment activities such as Young Enterprise and London Citizens
  • Academic trips to a range of  different businesses
  • The opportunity to become a course representative, working closely to help organize the course you study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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