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Business A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

The topics are designed to equip students with an understanding of how to launch and manage the day to day running of a variety of different business structures. There is a strong focus on decision making within the business environment, with an emphasis on the practical implications of running a successful business.

Entry requirements

If you have not taken GCSE Business Studies, you need to have GCSE English Language at Grade 5 or above and GCSE Maths at Grade 5 or above. If you have taken GCSE Business Studies, you need to have achieved Grade B or above.
You will need to keep up with current events by watching news programmes and business documentaries on television, as well as reading the business sections in the newspapers.
You will need to communicate your ideas clearly and concisely in a logical way and show some creativity in answering discussion type questions. An enquiring mind and a good memory for facts and figures are a great advantage.


All examinations will be synoptically tested, requiring students to make connections between all topics covered.
There is no coursework element included in the specification.
Unit 1
Planning and Financing a Business
2 hours, 100 marks, 33.3% of total A2
Three compulsory sections:
Section A: 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) (15 marks)
Section B: Short answer questions (35 marks)
Section C: Two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) (25 marks each)
Unit 2
Managing a Business
2 hours, 100 marks, 33.3% of total A2
Three data response compulsory questions (approximately 33 marks each) made up of 3 or 4 part questions
Unit 3
Strategies for Success
2 hours, 100 marks, 33.3% of total A2
One compulsory case study followed with approximately six questions

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September