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Business A Level at Rugby High School

Course description

Business is a very popular A Level and includes investigating business in a variety of contexts: large/small, UK focused/Global, Service/Manufacturing. The A Level course enables students to:
- gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
- develop a critical understanding of the organisations in which we all work
- generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
- acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem-solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
- apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

Business requires a range of skills and it suits students who are “all-rounders.” Students will need to be competent and confident with quantitative skills (Maths) but also have the ability to read and interpret a case study involving figures and descriptive content; students also need to write well and be able to structure an essay. Students of A Level Business often go on to study related subjects at university and at A Level it can be combined successfully with many different subjects. It will appeal to students who are interested in studying the practical rather than a theoretical subject.

Course content

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

Theme 1: Marketing and people - students are introduced to the market, explore the marketing and people functions and investigate entrepreneurs.

Theme 2: Managing business activities - students explore the finance and operations functions and investigate external influences on business.

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy - Students analyse corporate objectives and strategy against financial and non-financial performance measures and how businesses grow, and develop an understanding of the impact of external influences. The theme covers the causes and effects of change and how businesses mitigate risk and uncertainty

Theme 4: Global business - investigating businesses that trade on a global scale and explore their reasons for doing so. Students develop an understanding of the globally competitive environment and consider the ethical and moral dimensions of global business activities. Students also research a specific industry or market or aspect of the business.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Maths and English Language


Assessment consists of 3 papers of 2 hours duration. The papers include calculation questions, short answer and extended answer questions in response to data extracts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rugby High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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