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Business A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School

Course description

The Business A-level explores the inter-related nature of the functional areas of business, such as finance and marketing. Using business models, theories and techniques you will learn to analyse and evaluate contemporary business issues and situations. The course content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today‘s society – you will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics, and globalisation.

The course content is not vocational. It aims to make you think about business in a critical manner, considering both positive and negative aspects of businesses decisions and strategies.


Course content

Topic areas include 

  • Managers, leadership and decision making 
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance 
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance 
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business 
  • Choosing strategic direction 
  • Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.



There are three papers at A-level, each incorporating all areas of the subject content in the specification. The question papers use a variety of assessment styles including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies.

A-level Business Paper 1

Fifteen multiple choice questions and short answer questions in two compulsory sections. Two essays with the choice of one from two.

A-level Business Paper 2

Three multi-part data response compulsory questions.

A-level Business Paper 3

Six compulsory questions based on one case study.

Future opportunities

A-level Business will help with business degree courses or courses combining business with a foreign language, accountancy, engineering or management. If would also be ideal for any student wishing to undertake an apprenticeship or to go directly onto a post A-level management trainee course as run by major companies.

Business fits well with many A-levels. In the past, students taking Business alongside A-levels in a modern foreign language, technology, geography or art have found this a useful combination for a future degree course or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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