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Business A Level (Block A) at St Simon Stock Catholic School

Course description

Year 12
The course is made up of two mandatory units that are internally assessed through examinations: 

Unit 1 - The Local Business Environment (50%) and

Unit 2 - The Wider Business Environment (50% ). 

Learners must complete both units.

Year 13
The course is made up of three mandatory units that are externally assessed through examinations:

Unit 1 - Operating in a Local Business Environment

Unit 2 - The UK Business Environment

Unit 3 - The Global Business Environment.


Course content

The GCE Advanced Level in Business Studies aims to encourage students to investigate different types of organisations in various business sectors and environments, recognising that they face varying degrees of competition. Students learn to identify business problems and how to plan appropriate investigations into such problems. They also develop a holistic understanding of business and enterprise and are able to make justifiable decisions, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. GCE Business gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment and higher education.

Entry requirements

Students require a Grade 5 in English Language and a grade 5 in Mathematics at GCSE.

Future opportunities

GCE Business provides a route to employment into the many diverse areas of business. These include roles in specialist areas such as management, marketing, finance, customer service or human resources in large organisations or a more generic role in a small local business. On successful completion of GCE Business a learner can progress to continue their study in the same or a related vocational area at university.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Simon Stock Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2018
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Key information

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