A-level Business Studies

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

As most of us work in some form of business organisation, it is one of the most important and relevant subjects to study. Business Studies is a combination of subjects which includes marketing, finance, economics, human resource management, business ethics, operations management, business strategy and law, to list a few.

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Ideal if:

You have an interest in Business and would like a route to university study or employment.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Marketing performance
  • Financial performance
  • Human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change


You’ll learn about business behaviour but also how organisations are affected by the environment in which they operate.

You’ll love:

Business Studies is a very popular and well-established subject. As most of us work in some form of business organisation, it is without doubt one of the most important and relevant subjects to study.

You’ll go on to:

Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment.
Employers view A-Level Business favourably because of the way it develops certain study skills, such as problem-solving. Business students find employment in a whole range of industries and professions. Specific careers for which Business is particularly useful include management, marketing, accounting, local government, journalism - or even running your own business.
Universities regard A-Level Business as a good A-level in terms of entry degree courses. Many of our A-Level Business students go on to study degrees in subjects such as Economics, Law, Accounting, Marketing, Leisure and Recreation, Politics and Business Studies itself.
Business will also provide you with a broad range of experience and opportunities enabling you to progress onto a higher level qualification or training. Students often go on to professional or management training programmes in subjects such as accountancy, HR, marketing or law.


Start Date



St Austell


2 Years

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