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A Level Business at John Smeaton Academy

Course description

Should Marks and Spencer move all of its operations online?

Is it better to pay high dividends to shareholders or invest profits?

What should Tesco do to enter a price war with discounters?

How can Crush Candy ensure its long term growth?

Should Amazon pay more tax in the UK?

These are the types of issues you might consider when studying Business at A level. You will look at a number of different organisations facing different problems.

You are expected to analyse the key factors involved in a given context and have to recommend the best course of action for a business given its existing position: should it launch a new product? Should managers increase staff pay or give more to investors? Should a business target more emerging economies? How should you raise the money need to fund expansion – should you borrow from a bank or friends and family?

Essentially the course is about debating and decision-making in a business context and as such it develops invaluable skills whatever you want to do next. You need to learn and understand the theory but then apply it to a context. The “right” answer will depend on the problem in front of you and you need to be able to think issues through logically, put together well reasoned arguments and make recommendations. It involves analysing situations and making choices.



Starting from September 2015 the A level Business course is linear. This means that the A level is assessed after two years.

Theme 1: Marketing and people

Theme 2: Managing business activities

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

Theme 4: Global business



Future opportunities

Business A level provides a good ground in many subject areas and provides a breadth which enables students to go on to a range of degree courses including Marketing, Public Relations, Sociology and Law.

A very limited number universities prefer students not to study A level Business and Economics (mainly Oxford, Cambridge, and Bristol) but students who have studied both can go to many other leading universities such as Exeter, London School of Economics and Leeds.


Further information

18 out of the top 100 Chief Executives in the UK have graduated with a Business degree and a number of famous faces including John Grisham, Eddie Izzard and Mick Jagger have degrees in business related subjects.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years