Business A-level

2 years

Course Details

  • How did the founders of YouTube manage to create a business worth over £800m in less than 2 years?
  • Should Burberry have moved production to China?
  • What should tobacco companies do to maintain sales if smoking is banned in the UK?
  • Are zero hour contracts acceptable?

These are some of the issues you will consider when studying A-level Business.

  • You will look at a number of different organisations facing different problems
  • You will analyse the key factors involved and recommend the best course of action for a business given its existing position: should it launch a new product?
  • Should managers increase staff pay or give more to shareholders?
  • Should a business recruit internally or externally?
  • How should you raise the finance needed to start up a business – should you borrow from a bank or sell shares?

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • Although there is no requirement to have studied this subject at GCSE, if you have done so then you must have achieved at least a grade 4. You must also have achieved at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

Edexcel A-level Business 9BS0
  • Examination – Paper 1 (Marketing, People and Global Businesses)
  • A-level (35%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy)
  • A-level (35%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 3 (Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment)
  • A-level (30%) 2 hours
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
Degrees in business, finance, marketing, law, languages and European business are only some of the options available to you. Careers within the business environment from marketing to strategy, communications to finance, and any requiring high level analytical skills and communication skills, such as, the entertainment industry or insurance. Or why not become the next Apprentice!

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.