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Business A-Level at Ranelagh School

Course description

The profile of Business as a subject has never been higher. From the global collapse of economic systems and the role the banking sector played in Tesco reporting their profit incorrectly, never before has business been under such close scrutiny. The credit crunch and the huge media interest have presented great challenges to organisations, both in terms of keeping their customers and maintaining their reputation. In addition, extra attention has been paid to business in the entertainment world with shows like The Apprentice based around individuals’ entrepreneurial capability. This course offers a theoretical understanding of how businesses operate and provides opportunities to embed this understanding in real world examples.

There is no requirement to have studied Business at GCSE and students without prior experience of the discipline have previously achieved as highly as those who have taken the subject at GCSE. It is important to be confident both numerically (there will be number work) and with the written word (you will need to write extended answers). A curiosity about the world around us and what makes businesses tick is essential.


Course content


• The purpose of business

• Management, leadership and decision making

• Decision making in marketing

• Decision making in operations

• Decision making in finance

• Decision making in human resources

• Analysing a business’s strategic position

• Choosing a strategic direction

• Pursuing a strategic method

• Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

Prospective students who are studying GCSE Business Studies are expected to achieve grade B or above; all students selecting the subject are expected to achieve grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.


Written exams of 1 hr 30 mims., 2 hours x 2 in duration varying between multiple choice questions, short answer questions and essay questions.  Data response question and a case study followed by six questions. All 33.3% of A level.

Future opportunities

Even if we have a strong sense of entrepreneurial flair, we all end up working for organisations of some type, even if we own them. Why not find out sooner rather than later what goes on inside them? The business community looks favourably upon students who opt to find out more about what they do and students who follow this course will have good employment prospects in a range of positions. This is a very useful course for anyone considering a Business-related degree (e.g. Management, Marketing or Accountancy) at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 January 2017

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