2 Sep 2024

Study mode

Full Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


2 Years


Level 3

Course code


Fee Information

Standard Fees of £811.00 for the first year

Advanced Learner Loan Fees of £811.00 for the first year

Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see our Fees and funding page for more information.

Age 16-18

FREE (If meet residency criteria and not enrolled at another educational institution).

If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course will be FREE. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips.

Age 19+

If you are aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, not enrolled at another educational institution and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years, your course could be free dependant on the level of the course and your eligibility criteria. The rules regarding fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to contact our Advice, Support and Careers Team on 0191 375 4400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or connect on live chat (bottom right of your screen).

Student Finance

If you are aged 19 or over and not eligible to get your course free, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company to help towards the cost of some, or all, of your fees. If the amount of Advanced Learner Loan available to you is less than the Advanced Learner Loan Fee for your course, you would need to pay the difference. See our Funding Your Study page for more information or visit the Student Loans Company website to find out more.

Course details may be subject to change.

If you are interested in studying A Levels at New College Durham please just complete one application form and you will be able to choose your subjects once you have had your interview. You do not need to apply for each of the subjects you are interested.

This A-Level in Business Studies is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories, and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations.

You will study engaging topics and issues that are relevant in society, as well as key contemporary developments, such as digital technology and business ethics. Globalisation is covered throughout the topics.

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in business or want to develop your understanding of the business world, A-Level Business is a great choice for you. This qualification will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that are relevant to a wide range of industries, and it will prepare you for further study or employment.

Entry Criteria

You will hold five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including:

  • GCSE English Language - grade 5 - GCSE Maths - grade 5
  • GCSE Science - grade 5,5

What are the next steps?

You will be invited to attend a meet the tutor chat with one of our A-Levels team.

Please bring evidence of your grades or predicted grades.

Study Aims

  • develop an enthusiasm for studying business
  • gain holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
  • develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
  • understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
  • acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
  • apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

Modules Studied

You will study the following modules:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Teaching and Assessment

You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods, such as:

  • activities in class
  • homework
  • internal assessments

You will sit two external exams at the end the year one, and three external exams at the end of year two.