Sixth Form (A Levels)

Online A Level Business Studies


Our Cambridge GCE A Level Business Studies online course offers a multidimensional approach to understanding the intricacies of both public and private business sectors. Designed for aspiring entrepreneurs, managers, and business analysts, this online business studies A Level is not only a highly valued qualification but also a significant asset for progressing to university degree courses.


Homework, Assessment and Reporting

Students in the sixth form are expected to complete a minimum of one piece of homework for each subject every week. To optimise outcomes in this A Level business studies course online, it is recommended that for every hour of instruction, students dedicate an additional hour for independent study, such as revising notes and engaging in supplementary research.

Assessments serve as benchmarks for continuous development. Level 5 internal assessments are scheduled in June, while Level 6 internal mock assessments are conducted in November and March. Comprehensive reports, which include grades for attainment and effort, are issued at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms for Level 5 and following mock assessments for Level 6. These reports also feature invaluable comments from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher, contributing to a well-rounded evaluation of student performance.

Family Involvement

Parents have the opportunity to keep abreast of their child’s academic journey through a dedicated family Teams account. This facilitates seamless communication with teachers and offers the added advantage of more granular tracking of student progress than an annual parent consultation evening can provide.

Elevate your understanding of the commercial world and pave the way for your future success with our A Level business studies online course.

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The course will follow the current Cambridge International Exam (CAIE) 9609 specifications.

The course will be based on the textbooks recommended for the CAIE A Levels.

This specification is well-regarded among colleges and universities as it is well-rounded allowing learners to have a grasp of key topics giving a firm basis from which to springboard into A-level and beyond.

AS Level content:

1. Business and its environment

  • 1.1 Enterprise
  • 1.2 Business structure
  • 1.3 Size of business
  • 1.4 Business objectives
  • 1.5 Stakeholders in a business

2. Human resource management

  • 2.1 Human resource management (HRM)
  • 2.2 Motivation
  • 2.3 Management

3. Marketing

  • 3.1 The nature of marketing
  • 3.2 Market research
  • 3.3 The marketing mix

4. Operations management

  • 4.1 The nature of operations
  • 4.2 Inventory management
  • 4.3 Capacity utilisation and outsourcing

5. Finance and accounting

  • 5.1 Business finance
  • 5.2 Sources of finance
  • 5.3 Forecasting and managing cash flows
  • 5.4 Costs
  • 5.5 Budgets

A Level content (AS Level content is assumed knowledge):

6. Business and its environment

  • 6.1 External influences on business activity
  • 6.2 Business strategy

7. Human resource management

  • 7.1 Organisational structure
  • 7.2 Business communication
  • 7.3 Leadership
  • 7.4 Human resource management (HRM) strategy

8. Marketing

  • 8.1 Marketing analysis
  • 8.2 Marketing strategy

9. Operations management

  • 9.1 Location and scale
  • 9.2 Quality management
  • 9.3 Operations strategy

10. Finance and accounting

  • 10.1 Financial statements
  • 10.2 Analysis of published accounts
  • 10.3 Investment appraisal
  • 10.4 Finance and accounting strategy

Cambridge International AS and A Level Business Coursebook 4th Edition

ISBN: 9781108921220

It is the parents’ responsibility to arrange their child’s examinations; our teachers will provide all the support required. Most students will sit their examination papers at a school or college who accept private candidates. Some students sit their examinations at private examination centres.

If you are intending to study A Level Business Studies, we recommend that you spend some time in the summer holidays preparing. Here are some suggested activities:


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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee G. Adams

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Activity 1:

Identify an entrepreneur (ideally one in your home country). Answer and discuss the following:

  • Who are they?
  • What did they do?
  • What personal characteristics made them successful?

Activity 2:

Identify one business in your home country and answer the following questions:

  • What products and/or services do they sell?
  • What is the legal framework / form of ownership?
  • What suppliers do they need?
  • What range of people do they employ (e.g. the range of jobs)?
  • What other resource does the business need (e.g. land / capital)?

What is the focus of the A Level Business Studies online course?

The online course for Cambridge GCE A Level Business Studies aims to equip students with an in-depth understanding of the business world, covering key theoretical principles and practical skills. This qualification is useful for students looking to work in both public and private business sectors and is also a stepping stone for further education at university.

How is the Business Studies A Level course assessed?

Students are evaluated through Level 5 internal assessments in June, and Level 6 internal mock assessments in November and March. They receive reports that indicate their grades for both attainment and effort, along with comments from Success Coaches and the Head Teacher.

What are the resources and guidelines for the online Business Studies A Level?

The course adheres to the Cambridge International Exam (CAIE) 9609 specifications and utilises the textbooks recommended for CAIE A Levels. Students should expect to complete at least one piece of homework per subject each week and engage in independent study equal to the hours of instruction they receive.

How can parents monitor progress in the Business Studies A Level online course?

Parents can use a family Teams account to maintain an open dialogue with teachers about their child’s progress, offering more detailed tracking compared to an annual parent consultation evening.

What topics are covered in the Business Studies A Level online course?

The course syllabus includes a wide range of topics such as business and its environment, human resource management, marketing, operations management, and finance and accounting. These topics provide a solid foundation for further academic pursuits in business studies.

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