Business A Level (New)

Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to Summer 2019. If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 30th November and we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. After this final date you would need to wait until 2019 to sit your exams.

Do you see yourself as the next Richard Branson running your own business? An A level in Business could help you get there, exploring topics relevant to today's society, such as the business environment, marketing, operations and ethics and developing your skills in decision-making and problem-solving.

This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.

Price: 

Price£625.00

Course requirements

A general education up to GCSE level or equivalent is recommended for this course. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, an A level course takes about 250-300 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Many students allow 18-24 months to complete an A level, but some complete the course within a year.

Specification

This course follows specification 7132 from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.

Topics

Section 1 - What is business?
  • The nature and purpose of business
  • Different business forms
  • The external environment

Section 2 - Management
  • Management, leadership and decision-making
  • Management decision-making
  • Role and importance of stakeholders

Section 3 - Marketing performance
  • Setting marketing objectives
  • Understanding markets and customers
  • Making marketing decisions
  • Using the marketing mix
  • Influences on the marketing mix

Section 4 - Operational performance
  • Setting operational objectives
  • Analysing operational performance
  • Increasing efficiency and productivity
  • Improving quality
  • Managing inventory and supply chains

Section 5 - Financial performance
  • Setting financial objectives
  • Analysing financial performance
  • Making financial decisions

Section 6 - Human resource performance
  • Setting human resource objectives
  • Analysing HR performance
  • Organisational design
  • Improving motivation and engagement
  • Improving employer-employee relations

Section 7 - The business environment
  • Mission, corporate objectives and strategy
  • Assessing financial performance
  • Assessing business performance
  • Political and legal issues
  • Economic change
  • Social and technological issues
  • Competition
  • Investment appraisal

Section 8 - Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic direction
  • Choosing how to compete

Section 9 - Strategic methods
  • A change in scale
  • Innovation
  • Internationalisation
  • Digital technology

Section 10 - Managing strategic change
  • Managing change
  • Managing organisational culture
  • Managing strategic implementation
  • Strategic problems

Exams and assessment

Three exams:
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):
  • None

Assignments

Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has:
  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments

Set texts and resources

Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
  • AQA A-level Business For AS, I Marcousé, A Hammond and N Watson, Hodder Education 2015
  • AQA A-level Business For A-level, I Marcousé, A Hammond and N Watson, Hodder Education 2015

Additional texts:
  • Maths Skills for A Level Business Studies, D Mansell, Oxford University Press 2014

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

Operating systems:
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
  • iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser

Browsers:
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

learn@nec may work on other operating systems and browsers with some restrictions. You can see full details of the system requirements by clicking here.

How to enrol

There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

Paying in instalments

It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.

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What our students say...

"The college I attended didn't offer the course I wanted to do so distance learning seemed appropriate while I was at college. I found it easy to study as you could do it on your own time, with no deadlines. I couldn't decide what I wanted to study at university, business being a possibility, so wanted a taster before I signed up to do a degree in the subject."
— Emma Webb