Key Stage 5
A-Level Business (Edexcel)
Theme 1: Marketing and people
- Meeting customer needs
- The market
- Marketing mix and strategy
- Managing people
- Entrepreneurs and leaders
Theme 2: Managing business activities
- Raising finance
- Financial planning
- Managing finance
- Resource management
- External influences
Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2.
- Business objectives and strategy
- Business growth
- Decision-making techniques
- Influences on business decisions
- Assessing competitiveness
- Managing change
Theme 4: Global Business
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1.
- Global markets and business expansion
- Global marketing
- Global industries and companies
How will you be assessed?
Paper 1: Marketing, people and global businesses (2 hours)
35% of the total qualification Overview of content Paper 1 will assess marketing, people and global businesses. Questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts
Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy (2 hours)
35% of the total qualification Overview of content Paper 2 will assess business finance and operations, business decisions and strategy. Questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global contexts.
Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment (2 hours)
30% of the total qualification Overview of content Paper 3 will assess content across all four themes. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts, using a pre-release case study.
Many students go on to study Business further at A Level and on to university where they specialise in many areas such as Marketing, Accountancy, Human Resources and Business Management.
Some students go straight into an apprenticeship or a business where they learn and develop key skills on the job.