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Claremont High School Academy


Head of Department

Mr Michaelides


A Level

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

6 in English and Maths

Why study this course

Think about some of your potential life goals such as travelling the world, owning your own home or car.  To do this you must be able to earn a sufficient income. To earn an income you will either need to own a business or work for one. The A Level Business course teaches you about how Businesses work and the different departments you may find inside them.

Course Overview

This course will help provide you with essential skills to help start a business organisation or understand the role of different departments within one. As business’s grow it’s essential to understand how these areas work and how they help a business achieve their objectives. This is a great course to help think of different career opportunities within a business organisation.

The paper will consist of calculations, short-answer and extended-writing questions. All sections will be based on business contexts given in the paper.


Theme 1:

  • Meeting Customer Needs
  • The Market
  • Marketing Mix and Strategy
  • Managing People
  • Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Theme 2:

  • Raising Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Managing Finance
  • Resource Management
  • External Influences

Theme 3:

  • Business Objectives and Strategy
  • Business Growth
  • Influences on Business Decisions
  • Assessing Competitiveness
  • Managing Change

Theme 4:

  • Globalisation
  • Global Markets and Business Expansion
  • Global Marketing
  • Global Industries and Companies


Paper 1: Marketing, People and Global Businesses

  • Written examination: 120 minutes
  • 35% of the qualification
  • 100 marks

Paper 2: Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy

  • Written examination: 120 minutes
  • 35% of the qualification
  • 100 marks

Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment

  • Written examination: 120 minutes
  • 30% of the qualification
  • 100 marks

exam Specification

Edexcel GCE Business Specficiation


GCE Business SoW


  • Student Investor Competition
  • Royal Economics Society annual Essay competition
  • Economics World Cup
  • Middlesex University Economics Workshop
  • Attending local and national conferences
  • Tutor2u Revision Conferences
  • Educational trips
  • Work experience
  • Access to The Economist, The Economic Review and The Business Review subscriptions
  • Visit to the Bank of England
  • London Business School Competition

Future Pathways

Further Education: University, Apprenticeships.

University: Universities offer a large choice of Business and Economics related degrees.  It also can lead to Business Management, Marketing, HR, Accountancy and Finance.

Careers: Accountancy, finance, management, investment banking, marketing director, and management consultancy - amongst many others.