Business A Level


This course encourages the practical application of business concepts by exploring events in the business world and relating these to theories and practice. The course is assessed purely by examination and covers dynamic topics such as Entrepreneurship, Starting a Business, Marketing and Human Resources. Students will also look at the wider influences on businesses through strategic planning, finance and the economy. They will have the opportunity to complete group work and conduct independent research ahead of the final year exam, enabling them to develop the transferable academic skills required in higher education.

What goes well with this course?

Business Studies goes well with the majority of subjects, particularly:

  • Mathematics
  • Law
  • IT/Computing
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Languages
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Pyschology


Many students go on to study degree courses in Business Administration or related areas such as Management Science, Accountancy, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and Banking. An A Level qualification in Business can help set students apart from other applicants and provide them with essential knowledge that will help prepare them for the world of work.

Course Content

This course covers a wide range of business topics including:

  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Operations Management
  • Finance & Accounting
  • The external environment and how it influences business
  • Business Strategy and Decision-making
  • Global Business

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to bring their learning to life. These experiences include trips, visiting speakers and residentials.


This course is 100% examination based.

The exam board for this A Level is Edexcel.


Entry Requirements

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above.

In addition, Business students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:

  • Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 4 in English Language, or
  • Grade 4 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language

GCSE Business is not required.

There is a significant financial element to the A Level course. Strong numerical skills and the desire to learn how to calculate financial information and interpret financial data is therefore essential.

Students will enjoy this course if they are able to:

  • Research and discuss key business issues
  • Develop an understanding of how businesses work
  • Explore the difficulties facing entrepreneurs and businesses

Students should have a desire to find out how businesses work and have an interest in current business affairs. They should also have good interpersonal skills and enjoy communicating their opinions through writing and discussion.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Business information leaflet.

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