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Students are introduced to the core business concepts and learn how to investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities,  and make supported decisions and recommendations using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The course makes extensive use of case studies such as the launch  of the Apple Watch or the effects of a global recession. The study of A Level Business requires some ability in interpreting statistical data,  applying accounting techniques, graphs and diagrams, with more  subtle interpretation needed as the course develops over the  two-year duration. 

How is the course assessed?

The first year of the course covers an introduction to the main functioning of a business, the nature of business activity within the UK private sector,  an insight into types of business  organisations, the role of the  entrepreneur and the impact of  business choices and objectives. Students will gain an understanding of the nature of the role of markets, market research techniques and market positioning. The consideration and calculation of profit and the profit and loss account is also undertaken, along with the balance sheet and liquidity as well as the difference between cash and profit and causes of business failure. We consider the importance and measurement of capacity utilisation, the interpretation of stock control models and JIT stock management. Quality management is investigated  in terms of quality control, assurance and TQM techniques. 

During the second year, we will explore the development of business strategy, decision making and the functioning of global business, along with investigating the similarities  and differences of a global marketing  strategy and consider global localisation and the role of global niche markets and the application of the 4Ps on a global scale. The cultural and social factors of global marketing are also  investigated. Students will consider the main influences on business decision making including corporate influences, corporate culture, shareholders and stakeholders and the role and impact of business ethics.


The subject is largely based on  developing certain numerical skills and requires higher level writing  skills of a Grade 7 or higher at GCSE Mathematics and English Language.  A Level Economics and A Level  Business can be studied alongside  one another.

Personal development

Students must learn to be self-reliant and be willing to take the initiative when studying A Level Biology.  Literacy, numeracy and problem- solving skills will all develop through the study of the subject at this level  and a significant emphasis on  independent learning will prepare  students effectively for the demands  of university education. The Biology Department runs a biomedical  extension class that seeks to broaden students’ experience beyond the  syllabus and to consider some  
of the current ideas in the field. 

Future directions

Most universities offer degree  courses in Business and Business Management. The subject can also be combined with other related subjects such as Geography, Art & Design, Fashion, Politics, Mathematics and  a language. Career opportunities  for students with a background  
in Business include accountancy, management consultancy, banking, education, journalism and  management training. Business,  Business Management, Accounting and Finance have been extremely  popular undergraduate courses for KGS Sixth Form students.

Business A Level course guide

Business information booklet


  • Mr W Bohanna; Head of Economics & Business
  • Ms I Albayrak - Teacher of Economics/Business
  • Ms B Beeharry - Teacher of Economics/Business