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Business Studies A Level at Coombe Boys' School

Course description

A Level Business aims to equip students with a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the strategies they use to compete in the UK and in the global economy. The course involves rigorous analysis of the internal workings and management of businesses, and detailed exploration of business decision making in a dynamic external environment characterised by risk and uncertainty.

Case study research of businesses lies at the heart of the A Level course. Students are taught business theory and how to apply it to issues, problems and opportunities facing real businesses such as Airbus, Apple, BMW, Café Nero, Hornby, Microsoft, Monsoon and Zara.

Entry requirements

We require you to have at least a grade C in English and Maths at GCSE level. It is not essential but useful if you have studied Business Studies at GCSE level and achieved a B grade at this level.


AS and A2 level students will be assessed through external, written examinations.

At AS level, students will cover Theme 1: Marketing and People and Theme 2: Managing Business Activities in which they will build their knowledge of core business concepts, such as marketing mix and financial planning. At the end of Y12, students will sit Paper 1 and Paper 2 assessments which will be based on the contents of both Themes and will contribute equally to the overall AS grade. They will consist of data response and extended open-response questions.

At A2 level, in addition to the first two themes, students will cover Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy and Theme 4: Global Business. At this level, students will be encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills and apply a wide range of business contexts while interpreting and using complex business information. The topics will include financial statements; change management; critical path analysis; corporate culture; globalisation and trade liberalisation.

For A2 level Business qualification, students will have to sit Paper 1, which will include questions drawn from Theme 1 and Theme 4; Paper 2, which will include questions drawn from Theme 2 and Theme 3; and Paper 3, a synoptic examination paper which will cover all themes. All three examinations will include data response and extended open-response questions with the addition of Paper 3 having a section where the students will be questioned on the pre-released context in a given industry or market.

Future opportunities

In the field of business and allied areas, degree courses include: Business Management, Business Administration, Accountancy, Advertising, Computing, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Law, Retail Management, Product Management and Tourism Management and combined courses such as Fashion and Business Management, Business Studies with Film, Radio and Television Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 13 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years