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Business A Level at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

Studying Business Studies at A Level gives students the chance to explore real life issues that are reflected in today’s global world.

The course relies upon students participating actively in lessons, discussing important issues such as: How important is marketing to achieve business growth? How do interest rates affect customers and businesses? What makes a business successful? What government policies can make a difference in business?

These and other issues are explored using a wide range of resources. This course develops transferable skills for progression to higher education and the world of work.

Course content

The A Level is structured into four coherent themes to support teaching and learning:

  • Theme 1 introduces students to marketing and people.
  • Theme 2 introduces students to managing business activities.
  • Theme 3 explores business decisions and strategy.
  • Theme 4 explores global business.

Topics Covered

  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market, marketing mix strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influences - economics

Entry requirements

This course does require a good level of ability in both English Language and Maths, so students should have achieved a minimum of grade 4 in both at GCSE.

It is not necessary to have studied Business at GCSE, but students need to have a genuine interest in current and business affairs. Students should be prepared to read and investigate widely around business issues and undertake their own research as the business world is constantly changing.


There are three externally assessed papers at A Level. Each paper comprises 100 marks and is two hours in duration.

Questions comprise short answer, data response and essay. Paper 3 has a broad pre-released context to support the investigative nature of the qualification.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Business is useful in all employment, whether it be running your own business or working for one. Because of the broad spectrum of the course, it easily paves the way to study a whole range of courses in Higher Education. It also provides a good foundation for students seeking a career in advertising, finance, marketing, law and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lytchett Minster School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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