Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel Grade 6 in GCSE Business Mr G Durr

This course aims to develop an enthusiasm for studying business and gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts. Students also generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues and are aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals. They develop decision making, problem solving, critical analysis and numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

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 behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions. In Year 12, students undertake work in Themes 1, 2 and 3. In Year 13, students continue their work in Theme 3, work on Theme 4 and undertake work in the pre-released context document (for Paper 3).


Theme 1: Marketing and People

In this theme we cover the topics of meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people and entrepreneurs and leaders.


Theme 2: Managing Business Activities

In this theme we cover the topics of raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences.


Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy

In this theme we cover the topics of business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness and managing change.


Theme 4: Global Business

In this theme we cover the topics of globalisation, global markets and business, expansion, global marketing and global industries and companies (multinational corporations).



This A-Level is assessed by three externally assessed examination papers. All papers include data response questions and an extended open-response question. Questions for all 3 papers will be drawn from local, national and global contexts:

  • Paper 1 draws on the topics of marketing, people and global businesses from Themes 1 and 4. It accounts for 35% of the final grade.
  • Paper 2 draws on the topics of business activities, decisions and strategy from Themes 2 and 3. It accounts for 35% of the final grade.
  • Paper 3 focuses on investigating business in a competitive environment, assessing content from all 4 Themes. It accounts for 30% of the final grade. For Paper 3 there will be a pre-released context document issued by the examination board in November of the previous year. A new context will be given to centres each year and will relate to the examination series for the following summer. The context will focus on a broad context, such as an industry or market in which businesses operate. Students cannot take any of their research or investigation data carried out as part of the pre-release into the examination. 


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

There are a vast range of options available for students. It can be used as a stepping stone to either Higher Education and/or a professional career. Students have found business studies to complement virtually all A level courses on offer at The Campion School.