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Business Studies A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

Business ‘A’ level contains four key areas (or themes). Theme 1: Marketing and people, Theme 2: Managing business activities, Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy and Theme 4: Global business. Candidates will be expected to develop an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of a wide range of business theory and concepts. They will apply this knowledge and understanding to analyse familiar and unfamiliar situations, problems and issues – using both empirical and non-numeric techniques. This subject encourages the practical application of business concepts and is intended to promote active rather than passive learning.

Course content

PAPER 1 - ‘A level’ Exam: 2 hours. (35% of A level)

Marketing, People and Global Business - The marketing mix and managing people, entrepreneurs and leaders, business start-up, global businesses and global Marketing.

PAPER 2 - ‘A level’ Exam: 2 hours. (35% of A level)

Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy - Business finance and operations and external influences on business. Business decisions and strategy

PAPER 3 - ‘A level’ Exam: 2 hours. (30% of A level)

Investigating business in a competitive environment - This paper will assess content across all aspects of the course. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global business contexts. There will be a pre-released context document which will focus on a broad context, such as an industry or market in which businesses operate.

Entry requirements

Students who have studied Business/Economics at GCSE will be expected to achieve at least a C grade or above. For those who have not studied Business/Economics at GCSE then at least a grade ‘C’ in a Humanity subject is required.


All the exams will be taken at the end of the course. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed over the duration of the course. Students will be involved in both group work, individual study and computer-based research.

Students should note that there is no coursework component within the ‘A’ level.

Future opportunities

There are an enormous number of Business variants on offer in higher education - Management Science, Marketing, Accountancy, Business and Economics. Students who undertake Business Studies at ‘A’ level will be well prepared for such courses. Students who are planning to pursue careers in any of the above (or related areas) would also be well advised to give serious consideration to the subject at ‘A’ level.

Further information

Business combines well with virtually all courses on offer in the Sixth Form. However, students are advised to seek advice if desiring to take both Business Studies and Economics at ‘A’ level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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