Business Studies

Course Overview

Business Studies encourages students to develop a critical understanding of organisations, the context in which they operate, the markets they serve and the process of adding value through a problem solving approach to study. Throughout the A Level course students will develop core knowledge, understanding and the skills to think independently. Students will learn how to analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences. By looking at qualitative and quantitative information they then have to make an informed judgement and propose evidence based solutions to these business activities.

A keen interest in keeping up to date with current affairs and a willingness to watch the news and read around the subject is a must!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4 or above).
GCSE English at grade 6. Maths at Grade 5 and a desired G Score 5.5.


Studying Business studies can enhance the employability of students. Many have gone on to university to study business, further specialising in a particular area. Other students are studying business at degree level in conjunction with another subject, e.g. Fashion and Business or Law and Business.
Some students have gained apprenticeships at large organisations, for example Ernst and Young, where they work and study in an Accounts and Business environment.

Course Guide
Course Outline

Components of Course

4 main themes of study over 2 years:
Marketing and People
Managing Business Activities including Financial Analysis
Global Nature of Business
Business Decisions and Strategy

Your work will be assessed regularly throughout the course via directed study, class tests and major assessments at key times throughout the year.

No Coursework

100% examination 
3 exam papers (2 hours each) at the end of the second year.
Each exam contains questions on Year 1 & Year 2 work

Exam Board

Ateeq Shah

“I've really enjoyed my time studying A Level Business Course at Cadbury College.  I feel passing the business course with high grade will be a major factor for my future"

Ateeq Shah

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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