Business can be combined with almost any other subject and over recent years a high proportion of Business students have continued with a related subject at University. These have included; Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Marketing and Public Relations. Other subjects that combine well include Law, Psychology and Geography.
Business was one of the first subjects to be part of the new specifications of A Level. The course is a two year linear course and students are now examined over three examinations at the end of Year 13. In the first year, students will learn about the nature and purpose of business, management, leadership and decision making. They will then study decision making in further depth across all four business functions; marketing, operations, financial performance and human resources. In Year 2, students will learn about the strategic direction of business and the impact of the external environment on organisations and their strategies.
Grade 6 or above in both English Language and Mathematics at GCSE. Due to the change in specification requiring an increased focus on Quantitative Methods and an element of prior business knowledge, those students who have not studied Business at GCSE will be assessed on an individual basis. Students who have taken the subject at GCSE must have achieved Grade 6 or above.