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A-Level Business

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Gain an intro­duc­tion to key busi­ness areas such as mar­ket­ing, oper­a­tions, finance, human resources and man­age­ment with a spe­cial focus on deci­sion-mak­ing. You will learn essen­tial man­age­r­i­al skills along­side tech­niques to help you become an ana­lyt­i­cal prob­lem solver through the inves­ti­ga­tion of the strate­gic deci­sions that all busi­ness­es have to make.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will learn through the inves­ti­ga­tion of con­tem­po­rary case stud­ies, pre­sen­ta­tions, group work and research projects. Through­out the year you will ben­e­fit from meet­ing pro­fes­sion­als from the busi­ness indus­try and take part in var­i­ous vis­its to pro­vide you with a valu­able insight into the sec­tor. You will also be encour­aged to take part in work expe­ri­ence as part of your course to give you real expe­ri­ence with­in a busi­ness environment.

Entry Require­ments

The stan­dard require­ment for A Lev­els at Stam­ford Col­lege is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above as a min­i­mum for human­i­ties sub­jects and 6/B in maths for all sci­ence subjects.

Each A Lev­el sub­ject has its own addi­tion­al entry require­ments, please see below:

Min­i­mum grade 5/C or above in maths and 6/B in two human­i­ties subjects.

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you. We offer an online inter­view which explain the A Lev­el pro­gramme and also allow for an infor­mal chat with the tutor for each sub­ject, before an offer to study with us can be made

Once enrolled one of the ways we make sure the course is right for you is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change sub­ject and course if you change your mind or find the course is not right for you in the first 6 weeks ‑sub­ject to availability 
  • Mov­ing you between A‑Levels and a Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too hard — sub­ject to availability 
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Dur­ing the two years of study, you will be reg­u­lar­ly assessed under test con­di­tions to prac­tise being able to under­stand and respond to the ques­tions asked in the cor­rect time allo­ca­tion so that you are ful­ly pre­pared for the final exams. There is an assess­ment cal­en­dar for A lev­els which includes timed assess­ment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feed­back gained from these assess­ments will help you to devel­op your skills, tar­get your revi­sion and where nec­es­sary enable us to pro­vide addi­tion­al support.

Addi­tion­al Information

It is impor­tant to be aware of what is hap­pen­ing in the news that affects busi­ness as it is a dynam­ic sub­ject. There is a math­e­mat­i­cal ele­ment to the sub­ject but with a grade 5 in maths you should have no prob­lems with this. 

You will study 3 A Lev­el sub­jects, plus tuto­r­i­al and career devel­op­ment ses­sions. Each sub­ject has 6 hours per week con­tact time, with approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours of inde­pen­dent study. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly we can­not accept stu­dents who only want to study a sin­gle A Lev­el sub­ject due to fund­ing limitations.

Poten­tial Future Career

Exam­ple job roles:

  • Man­age­ment Trainee
  • Events Man­ag­er
  • Lawyer
  • Entre­pre­neur
  • Mar­ket­ing Assistant
  • Adver­tis­ing Assistant
  • Human Resources Assistant

Study­ing further:

  • Progress to a HND in Busi­ness at Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough or oth­er busi­ness degrees at uni­ver­si­ty in areas such as Man­age­ment, Mar­ket­ing, HR or Finance. Busi­ness appren­tice­ships in sec­tors such as Account­ing, Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, Cus­tomer Ser­vice and Man­age­ment are also available.

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • What is business?
  • Man­agers, Lead­er­ship and Decision-Making
  • Mar­ket­ing
  • Oper­a­tions
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Strate­gic Meth­ods, Direc­tion and Posi­tion­ing of a business
  • Man­ag­ing Strate­gic Change


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Emi­ly achieved A*, A, A, A* in Biol­o­gy, Maths, Chem­istry and her EPQ. The for­mer Prince William School stu­dent pro­gressed to The Uni­ver­si­ty of Not­ting­ham to study Chem­i­cal Engineering.

Emily Hutchinson



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