Business (A-Level)

Reasons to study this course

  • It offers insight into a range of issues and business behaviour affecting organisations today.
  • Find out what it takes to become a manager or entrepreneur.
  • Develop a critical understanding of business activities on a local, national and global scale.
  • Explore how businesses adapt and respond strategically to a changing environment.
  • Gain an understanding of the business decision-making process.

What you will need to study this course

  • GCSE English and Maths minimum Grade 4
  • ability to use and analyse data
  • interest in current affairs
  • willingness to carry out background reading and to work independently
  • confidence to take part in discussions

What you will study

Year 1 (AS) – management, leadership, decision making, stakeholders, marketing, finance and business operations.

Year 2 (A-Level) – business strategy including strategic decision-making, strategic methods and managing strategic change.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – two 1.5-hour exams

Year 1 (A-Level) – three two-hour exams

Exams will be a mixture of multiple choice, short answer questions and extended questions, including essays.

Priestley Extra

Business trips and talks such as JLR and Alton Towers. Revision conferences and simulations. Opportunities to demonstrate innovation, leadership and teambuilding skills through The National Skills Challenge and The Tenner Competition.


Degree courses including Accounting and Financial Management, Business and Economics, Business Management, Marketing, Product Innovation and Development and Fashion Retailing. Careers and further training posts have recently included AAT trainees and a selection of apprenticeships. Some students choose this A-Level as they have an ambition to run their own business. Business Education is increasingly valuable for young adults as it provides the skills that employers are looking for, and the knowledge that is becoming essential in a modern economy. The skills you develop are vital for a range of careers.

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