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A Level Business

A Level Business at St Edmund’s is a practical, exciting course that explores the business world at all levels.

The business world is constantly changing and no two businesses are the same – ensuring this A Level is always interesting, topical and relevant.

Through this A Level you will explore all business contexts from local, to national and global. You will also consider different aspects of a business, from strategy and finance, to operations and marketing. The knowledge and skills encompassed in this A Level are excellent preparation for life beyond Sixth Form – either in further education or the workplace.

Enrichment opportunities at St Ed’s include:

  • Real business experience through the Young Enterprise programme
  • Visit to the London Stock Exchange to experience trading
  • Weekly Business Hub for support with student business projects, understanding the stock market and exploring news stories
  • Economics Society
  • National competitions (Coca-Cola Challenge, Student Investor Challenge)
  • Field trips to local and international businesses
Head of Department Miss E Chilton
Syllabus Edexcel (9BSO)


Course structure

A Level Business covers four units:

  • Unit 1: Marketing and People – Students are introduced to the market, explore the marketing and people function and investigate entrepreneurs and business start-up
  • Unit 2: Managing Business Activity – Students explore the finance and operations functions and investigate external influences on business
  • Unit 3: Business Decisions and Strategy – Students develop their understanding of the concepts introduced in unit 2 and explore influences on business strategy and decision-making
  • Unit 4: Global Business – Students develop their understanding of the concept introduced in unit 1 and explore business activity in a global context.

Rhetoric I (Year 12)

Over the course of Year 12 units 1 and 2 will be studied. The year ends with two internal examinations, on each of the units.

Rhetoric II (Year 13)

In the final year of study unit 3 and 4 will be studied. The year ends with three, 2 hour external examinations:



Paper 1 – 35% (2 hours)

  • Marketing, People and Global Business

Questions are drawn from unit 1 and 4, and from local, national, and global contexts.

Paper 2 – 35% (2 hours)

  • Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy

Questions are drawn from unit 2 and 4, and from local, national, and global contexts.

Paper 3 – 30% (2 hours)

  • Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment

Questions are drawn from all units and are based on a pre-released context issued in advance of the examination.

In 2022, a Rhetoric I (Year 12) student was a finalist in the national LIBF and FT Young Financial Journalist of the Year competition, for an article on crypto-currency.


Key skills developed
People, communication, planning and teamwork skills Practical experience of business activities
Initiative, self-confidence and independence Interpreting information in verbal, numerical and graphical form and presenting findings using ICT/written communication
Understanding implications of complex, changing business contexts Using language, numbers and ICT to communicate business ideas
Techniques, skills and attributes essential for success in working life Critically examining aims, objectives and practices of businesses from economic, environmental and social perspectives
Understanding methods and language used for decision-making in business



Future paths

Entries to study business studies at university are growing extremely rapidly. This reflects its relevance to almost any career and its value to those progressing to higher education.

A Level Business Studies will be an asset to those interested in starting their own business and to students pursuing degrees in business studies, accountancy, marketing, sales, finance, commerce, banking, actuarial work, business management, human resource management, business development, business strategy and business with ICT and economics.