Business is front-page news. How companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of business to a new generation. The new specification enables you to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of businesses.


If you have an interest in business, this is an obvious choice for you.  The range of skills Business develops means it is an excellent course for everyone to consider.  While learning about planning, managing and financing successful businesses in an ever-changing world, you will develop a useful range of transferable skills.  You will learn the importance of problem solving, how to research effectively and present and justify points of view based on sound analysis and evaluations of texts and data. You will also consider important factors such as how businesses make good, ethical decisions and judgements.

The A Level Course includes the following subject content:

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

  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing change

Theme 4: Global Business

  • Globalization
  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

'A Level' Examinations

Three written papers. Each paper is 2 hours in length.

Paper 1: Data response and extended writing (35%) - Marketing, People & Businesses

Paper 2: Data response and extended writing (35%) - Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy

Paper 3: Data response and extended writing, related to pre-release material (30%) - Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment


You are encouraged to attend revision conference days at key points in the course. These are usually held in London and are tailor made to the Edexcel course. In addition, guest speakers visit school to share their real life experiences in the world of business.

For further details, please contact Mrs Pruden or Mrs Lilley.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.