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Business Studies A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

The Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business Is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work.

Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and Issues.

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 A levels, or a combination of A levels and vocational qualifications, is a mostly B/C profile at GCSE including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 4 English.

There are no mandatory entry requirements set by Edexcel, however the level of achievement required to obtain GCE Business expects applicants to be satisfied of their ability to study, in English, at this level. Students who have obtained at least a Grade C in GCSE Business Studies are likely to find many of the topics complementary. 


Paper 1 will assess marketing, people and global businesses.  Questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts. 

Paper 2 will assess business finance and operations, business decisions and strategy. Questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global contexts. 

Paper 3 will assess content across all four themes. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts.

For Paper 3, there will be a pre-released context. A new context will be given to centres each year and will relate to the examination series for the following summer. 

Future opportunities

Students will develop transferrable skills that support higher education study and the transition to employment, an understanding of the business environment and commercial awareness.

Students can progress from this qualification to higher education courses at University such as business management, business administration, accountancy and finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, tourism management and international business and a wide range of careers ranging from banking, sales, product management and general management to working in public sector organisations or charities. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Francis Combe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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