A-Level Business

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
2 years
Level 3
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Awarded by:
WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee)
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £993 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will help you develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants. By studying business you will gain knowledge about different types of organisations in various business sectors and environments and recognise that businesses face varying degrees of competition.

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The specification encourages learners to develop an enthusiasm for studying business whilst gaining a holistic understanding of business.

You will acquire a range of relevant business and numerical skills, including decision making and problem solving. You will challenge assumptions to develop critical analysis.


First year comprises of two components:

Component 1
Business Opportunities (written paper - 1hr, structured questions).

  • Enterprise
  • Business Plans
  • Markets
  • Market Research
  • Business Structure
  • Location
  • Finance.

Component 2
Business Functions (written paper - 2 hr).
This written paper will comprise of two sections. Section A compulsory data response and Section B one essay from a choice of three essays. This exam will test topics in both Component 1 and 2.

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Operation Management.

Briefly second year comprises of three components:

Component 1
Business Opportunities and Functions (written paper - 2hrs).
Questions on this paper will be taken from all the topics in Component 1 and 2 in first year. This written paper will comprise of two sections – Section A compulsory short answer questions and Section B compulsory data response questions.

Component 2
Business Analysis and Strategy (written paper - 2 hrs 15 mins).

  • Data and Market Analysis
  • Sales Forecasting
  • Analysing Financial and Non-Financial Performance
  • Decision-Making Models
  • Investment Appraisal.

Component 3
Business in the Changing World (written paper – 2hrs 15mins).
This written paper will comprise of two sections. Section A compulsory questions on a case study and Section B – one essay from a choice of three. This exam will test topics in all of the A-Level content.

  • Change
  • Risk Management
  • International Trade
  • Globalisation
  • The European Union.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.

You will sit monthly in-class assessment for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year, which will help you track your progress.

Terminal exams will be in May/June.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


Work placements are an important part of the programme and all learners will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.

This A-Level, in combination with other subjects, could enable you to apply for degree courses in Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics, or Management Studies.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Interview Instructions

You will be invited in for a tour of the College, and a one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. A conditional offer may then be made subject to you meeting the entry criteria.
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Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 (A* to C) which must include maths and English.