A Level

Awarding Body: Pearson

Course Description

A Level Business is an exciting subject that offers students the opportunity to develop key life skills. Students will explore a diverse range of companies in various markets; from planning and financing a business, through to managing a company, and developing strategies to succeed in the fast-paced business environment.

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Maths.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

This is a two-year course and in year one you will study themes 1 & 2, containing; Business Objectives and Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance, and Human Resources. You will look at how and why a business is set up in local, national and international marketplaces.

In year 2, you will build on the first year with themes 3 and 4. By looking at how firms define their objectives, and how technology, social media, environmental and ethical concerns influence strategic decision making in the national and global marketplace. This is an exam based course and you must be able to apply theories and concepts to case-study scenarios.

In A Level Business, you will improve your analytical and communication skills. Expertise will be developed in reviewing data, observing business patterns and drawing logical conclusions.

100% exam

Business naturally overlaps with Portsmouth College’s E6 Programme, as most topics and course areas are applicable and integrate extremely well. For example, through Unloc you can learn how to set up and run your own business or enterprise. The E6 Programme can also help you find work experience or take part in volunteering through the National Citizen Service programme; both of which are excellent CV additions for students!

Business students progress to work in retail, human resources, finance and marketing, as well as a host of other careers. For example, many students become accountants, bookkeepers, business managers, management analysts, teachers and lecturers.

A Level exams usually occur in late May or early June of the second year of study. There will also be a period of mock examinations to help you prepare for the final exams.