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 September. After this date we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. We are able to accept enrolments with Fast Track until 30th November. 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.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.
A general education up to GCSE level or equivalent is recommended for this course.
Hours 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.
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
- 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
2 hours, 33.3% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
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
Maths Skills for A Level Business Studies, D Mansell, Oxford University Press 2014
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How to enrol
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.
How can you pay?
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.
Amount of credit:
Duration of agreement:
Rate of interest:
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.
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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
- Investment appraisal
Section 8 - Choosing strategic direction
- Strategic direction
- Choosing how to compete
Section 9 - Strategic methods
- A change in scale
- Digital technology
Section 10 - Managing strategic change
- Managing change
- Managing organisational culture
- Managing strategic implementation
- Strategic problems
Thank you for your interest in this course.
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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