A Level in Business will provide students with the ability to apply business concepts to a wide range of contexts, understand and apply sophisticated concepts and techniques, analyse, interpret and evaluate complex business information and generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues.

It will develop skills such as data analysis, problem solving and essay writing. These transferable skills can be used within any subsequent course of study. They can also be applied by any learner progressing into a managerial role within any organisation.

Paper 1: consists of Themes 1 & 4 and will assess marketing, people and global businesses.

Paper 2: consists of Themes 2 & 3 will assess business finance and operations, business decisions and strategy.


In Year 13, there will be three two hour examinations in May/June. All three examinations will comprise a mixture of data response and essay based questions.

Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 account for 35% of the final mark. Paper 3 (Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment) will assess content across all four themes and account for 30% of the final mark. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts and will be based on a pre-released context document.

What Next?

Business compliments most A Level subjects. Students who have chosen to further their studies in Business have chosen university courses such as Business Studies and Business & Management Studies. Graduate careers in the business, consulting and management sector include:

  • Business Adviser
  • Economist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Risk Analyst
  • Health Service Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Internal Auditor
  • IT Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Office Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Retail Manager
  • Statistician

Business Subject Leader: Mr N Rowling

Syllabus: Edexcel

Course Specification: 9BSO

Qualification: A Level