Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in Maths and English Language.


Learn the principles behind how to run your own company or manage effectively. You will develop employability skills such as analysis, critical thinking and decision making. There are opportunities to progress to a wide range of HE courses and careers eg in Finance, Management and Marketing or combined with other disciplines, such as Languages, Economics and Law.

What you will study

An introduction into how to become an entrepreneur and study finance. This will give you knowledge of
• Increasing profits
• Recruiting
• Managing employees
• Operations management
• Marketing topics

The assessment of multinational firms such as Apple and Google exploring:
• Financial strategies
• Competitive strategies
• Operational strategies
• HR strategies


Examinations at the end of year two (No coursework)

Course Support

Dynamic and engaging classes delivered by experienced staff
• Additional tutorials to enhance knowledge
• Regular revision sessions before exams
• ‘Stretch and Challenge’ activities such as workshops, interview practice etc
• Department ‘Careers corner

Enrichment Activities

  • Trips and visits in the UK and abroad eg Jaguar Land Rover and Paris trips
  • Workshops with industry professionals
  • University visits to Manchester Business School
  • Workshops and seminars with KPMG


Our students go on to study a wide range of courses at university all over the UK and beyond. Most universities have a Business School. There are Business courses and more focused courses, such as in Finance, Management or Marketing. However, many degrees will mix Business with other disciplines, such as Languages, Economics and Law.

Career Opportunities

This course leads to endless career options some of which include Economics, Law, Accountancy, Leisure & Tourism, Media Retail,
Hospitality Human Resources, Marketing Sales Management

Further Information

A Level Business Studies Course Leaflet

Exam Board Course Specification





What Our Students Say

“What I most enjoy about studying Business Studies at Carmel is learning about how a business operates and how the subject is applied to the real world and real-life businesses. I would recommend this subject because you receive lots of support from tutors which helps you transition much easier from GCSE Level. You also get to go on trips to visit real businesses and see how they operate. I have gained lots of progress in Business Studies and now have the confidence to potentially study the subject further at university.”

Zach Hodkinson

Business studies student Zach C. Hodkinson