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Business Studies A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

The broad aims of this course are:

(a) To give students an understanding of the nature and problems faced by businesses.

(b) To illustrate to students the principles which govern business behaviour.

(c) To promote understanding of the ways in which all organisations work.

(d) To promote an understanding of strategic decision making in the solution to business problems.

Although this A Level clearly has direct vocational applications for those interested in a career in business management, it will also be of value to those who would like to know something of how businesses operate, but who are not necessarily committed to a career in that area.

Course content

The main subject areas covered by the course are:

1. The nature of business

2. How decisions are made in business

3. The relationships between businesses and individuals

4. The business functions - marketing, accounting, finance, industrial relations, production

5. How these functions can best be co-ordinated

6. The relationship between business and government

The course has considerable emphasis on decision making with students being required to understand why the nature, size, and scope of a business makes a difference to its actions. The course utilises ‘real world’ case studies and data.

Entry requirements

we are looking for hardworking pupils with a mature outlook who can cope with the responsibility of a course of this nature. It is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE to take this course - however, if you have studied at this level then there is a minimum expectation of a ‘C’ grade.

There is a considerable mathematical component to the A level course and you should be expecting to gain at least a ‘B’ in mathematics if you want to opt for this subject. There is also a minimum requirement of a B in English at GCSE level


The course is taught very much as a series of real world ‘hands on’ activities. It is a linear course; there are two years of study with no OCR examinations at the end of Y12. There are three papers that will be taken at the end of Y13 each of which comprise 33.3% of the marks available.

This assessment covers a business operating in a local environment, the national environment, and an international environment. The assessment involves multiple choice responses, short answer responses, and also the ability to write essays using qualitative and quantitative data.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years