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Business A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

The course aims to provide a general introduction to Business, drawing on study of the main functional areas of Business - Marketing, Finance and Accounting, Managing People and Operations Management in the first year of the course before expanding perspective to consider more strategic issues in the second year. The course’s underlying theme is the consideration of business decision-making in businesses of all sizes, from the smallest local retailer to the world’s largest multinational organisations. Above all, the course is designed to develop problem-solving skills and equip students with effective decision-making skills. Your examinations, and indeed classwork, will detail a business scenario situation and ask you to solve the problems with which you are presented.

Course content

Year 12 Units
Section 1 What is business?
Section 2 Management, leadership and decision making
Section 3 Decision making to improve marketing performance
Section 4 Decision making to improve operational performance
Section 5 Decision making to improve financial performance
Section 6 Decision making to improve human resource performance
Year 13 Units
Sections 1-6 as above, plus:
Section 7 Analysing the strategic position of a business
Section 8 Choosing strategic direction
Section 9 Strategic methods: How to pursue strategies
Section 10 Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

Students currently studying GCSE Business need to achieve a grade 5 or above
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics


There are three written examinations at the end of the A level course. Each examination is two hours long and is worth 33.3% of the A level. All 3 papers will test content from all 10 sections of the specification. The examinations contain data response, case study, essay and objective test questions.

Future opportunities

The content of the course will be relevant in your future career. If you end up working as a film director, knowledge of motivation theory will help you get the most out of your actors, whilst those of you thinking of starting your own business will value the knowledge of marketing and finance that will be gained. The course trains you to be a decision-maker and offers insights into the role of a manager. The skills picked up through this course will give you the ability to take an analytical approach to problem solving – a useful skill in any career. A large proportion of our ‘graduates’ go to University to study a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to, Business. Many others successfully enter corporate school leaver programmes at an apprenticeship degree level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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