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Business A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

A Level Business provides an exciting insight into the dynamic world of business. You will use this knowledge in decision making to improve business performance and develop appropriate strategies in order to achieve corporate objectives. You will learn that every decision has financial implications, and you will be taught financial planning and how to analyse a firm’s published accounts. You will build an understanding of how the external environment, in particular the economy, can affect performance and shape business decision making.

Course content

• What is business?
• Managers, leadership and decision making
• Decision making to improve marketing performance
• Decision making to improve operational performance
• Decision making to improve financial performance
• Decision making to improve human resource performance
• Analysing the strategic position of a business
• Choosing strategic direction
• Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
• Managing strategic change

Entry requirements

GCSE English/Humanities subject Grade 7-9 . Grade 6-9 in Mathematics. An interest in how a business might start-up, how it performs, affects and is affected by society and economic conditions on a local, national and global context.


There are three, 2 hour exams at the end of the second year worth 33.3% each.

Future opportunities

Whether you are planning to go directly into work after A Levels or apply to university, Business is an excellent introduction to the practical day to day problems firms must address if they are to be successful. As a subject it would go well with languages and Product Design, as well as Psychology or Sociology. Art and Photography and Physical Education can also provide parallel subjects which a student may be interested in developing as part of a future career. It could also complement Mathematics as a route into Finance and Accountancy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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