Business (A Level)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Outline

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behavior can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Content & Assessment

  • Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses – draws from Themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global context..
  • Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy – draws from Themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global context.
  • Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment – draws on knowledge and understanding across all themes applied to a pre-released context document.


An A Level qualification in Business provides insight, knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable you either to enter into employment or progress to further education.

Staff Contact: Mrs A Murray-Smith

Entrance Requirements


  • GCSE Maths and English grade 5 or above