Business A Level

Head of Department: Mr Edward Wilson

Newspaper and television headlines offer continual reminders of how important the business world is to us all. In recent years much attention has been directed at issues such as fair trade, business ethics, global warming and the Credit Crunch.

Business success and failure is continually evolving in a fascinating way and the department is dynamic in making these ideas come alive in the classroom.

What do you do in Business?

A Level Business gives you a clear view of how a business operates. You will learn about the challenges of starting a business, enterprise, management of people, communication and motivation, operations management, marketing and competition as well as finance management.

In the second year the strategic decisions of large businesses are studied and a good A Level Business student will be able to make strong decisions and back them up with real life examples and good analysis of the likely outcomes. You will analyse information provided about a business in order to solve problems by justifying a course of action for that business.

During the course students build up their knowledge of business terminology and strategies and become confident in recognising good and bad strategies for a variety of scenarios. You will closely analyse the four major business functions and examine the process of consultation and design.

This three unit specification means you will develop a range of important and transferable skills, including data skills , presenting arguments, making judgements and conducting research. There is no coursework or controlled assessment

During the year we would expect to have visits from local business people and trips to local businesses. Ultimately this subject equips students to understand and be confident in the dynamic business world.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Business achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)

Business - % A*- B = 58%