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Business A level at Havering Sixth Form College

Course description

You will study businesses, their behaviour, their decision-making and the environment in which they operate. Studying business has great relevance to a wide range of employment - it is all around us. It is a subject that requires an enquiring and analytical mind, an aptitude for calculating data and a keen interest in current events.

Course content

A Level Business provides students with a sound grasp of what business organisations are, the aims that they seek to achieve, how they organise themselves into different functional areas and what factors have an impact on their success.

You can expect to:

  • Develop a range of business-related skills, including decision-making, problem-solving, analysis and evaluation of business situations
  • Develop a wider knowledge of real business situations and be able to apply this to the theoretical framework underpinning the course
  • Develop effective written and numerical skills which are essential in all business organisations

Year 1

Students will study 2 themes: How to manage business activities as well as Marketing & People

Year 2

The next two themes focus on global businesses and how they make the best strategic decisions.

The assessment material is based on real business situations. By examining and thinking critically about real business situations as they study the subject, students will gain an insight into different contexts which will help them to understand the key issues in any situation and compare and contrast this with other situations and apply their understanding.

Entry requirements

One grade B and four grade Cs at GCSE. There is no requirement to have previously studied GCSE Business Studies. Entry requirement is a B in English Language and Maths and a grade B in a written-based GCSE other than English Language/Literature.


Exam Board - Edexcel

100% Exam across 3 papers.

Financial information

Compulsory Cost

£24 - Year 1 only, a charge for workbooks/revision booklets.

Optional Cost

£48- 2 x Revision conferences (£24 per year).

Future opportunities

Many business students progress onto business-related courses at university or use their skills to gain employment in a range of different careers.  It is a course that offers highly transferable skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havering Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years