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Business A-level

When you study Business A-level, you will learn to demonstrate the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. You will develop your understanding of how businesses operate and how to analyse data, and study the decision-making process – incorporating ethical and environmental issues – and how important this is in the world of Business. You will also study the interrelated nature of business activities and concepts around competition and competitiveness. Other areas of the course look at how changing technology affects the business world.

You will need to have a keen interest in the business world, both in its theories and its practices.

Specific modules include:
– What is business?
– Decision making to improve financial performance
– Choosing strategic direction
– Managing strategic change

You will use non-quantitative and quantitative data including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages.

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB341 (2022)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years
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Course details


There are three exams of 2 hours each at the end of your course.

Question papers use a variety of assessment styles including multiple-choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies so that students feel more confident and engage with the questions. Real-life case studies will be used wherever possible to make it easier for you to relate to.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto a Level 3 programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English language.

English Language and Maths at Grade 4 or above plus 3 other GCSEs at Grade 4 or above.


Possible career choices and degree choices with A-level business include management, marketing, finance, accounting, banking, retailing, manufacturing, project management and local government. Specific career choices could include Actuarial analyst, Business adviser, analyst or manager. Other roles include Chartered accountant, Investment Banker, Data Scientist, Investment banker, Management Consultant, Environmental engineer and Logistics and distribution manager.

Many universities will accept Business A-level when applying for courses such as economics or business studies.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB341 (2022) North Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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