A-Level Business

Our course code: X908

Course fee £695 or from £52 per month

Enrol on this course

A-level Business is known as an inter-disciplinary subject where you combine elements of accountancy, leadership, economics, social psychology, and law. Business is a contemporary and “real world” subject sought after by many employers!

This A-level Business course will give you a thorough grounding in the skills required for today’s rapidly changing business world. You will gain skills in all aspects of running a business and we even cover the skills required to start your own. Once complete, you’ll fully understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role it plays in society.

On this course, you will develop a critical understanding of different business forms, the markets they serve, and the process of adding value. A-Level Business will give you the tools and information required to understand how businesses are created, managed, and become successful, making you a real asset for future employers.

This home study course follows the new AQA A-Level Business syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online in your own time and space. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final A-Level examinations in the UK.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll help you write a study plan and support you throughout.
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

A-Level Business will help to develop a range of important and transferable skills such as presenting arguments and making recommendations on the basis of the available evidence, and problem-solving.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X908
  • Qualification code: 7132

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

Your course will run for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. You will receive your login details to our MyOxbridge portal, where you’ll find all your learning materials.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

Official exams

You’ll be required to complete three standard A-Level written exams.

  • Paper 1: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-Level, 100 marks.
  • Paper 2: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-Level, 100 marks.
  • Paper 3: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-Level, 100 marks.

These exams contain a mixture of short and long answer questions, and extended response questions.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

We also offer an exam pass guarantee. If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you for free, to your next exams.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These 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 monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-Level in Business, issued by AQA, the leading awarding body.  Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

This syllabus (7132) has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to online learning and we believe it provides the best chance of success.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry 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.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: What is business?

This module will give you a foundation of the nature and purpose of business, developing your understanding of common business objectives and different forms of business.

You’ll cover the difference between sole traders, public limited companies, and the private sector while understanding that businesses operate within an external environment which can affect cost and demand.

2: Managers, leadership and decision making 

All great businesses are made up of teams led by great managers! So, this section will teach you exactly what a manager does day-to-day, and how effective decision making and leadership styles impact a business.

3: Decision making to improve marketing performance 

To be successful in business, you need to be able to do marketing research and set objectives so that you can improve performance.

This module will teach you all about how developments in technology influence decision-making and marketing activities, giving you the data to make decisions on targeting, segmentation, and sampling.

4: Decision making to improve operational performance 

This section will teach you how to increase efficiency and labour productivity, by setting operational objectives and analysing performance. You will learn about ethical and environmental influences on operational decisions, and understand how decisions in operations improve the competitiveness of a business.

5: Decision making to improve financial performance 

Now it’s time to learn about how decisions in finance improve the competitiveness of a business. You will learn about all the factors that influence financial decisions.

You’ll also understand the concept of a return on investment, the distinction between cash flow and profit, and the distinction between gross profit, operating profit, and profit for the year.

6: Decision making to improve human resource performance 

Motivation is key to employee engagement, and this is managed through human resources. Decisions in human resources, such as changing the ways of working (such as teleworking), are implemented based on several internal and external influences which you will learn about here.

You’ll also cover human resource objectives, which include employee engagement and involvement, talent development, training, and diversity.

7: Analysing the strategic position of a business  

For a business to grow, it needs a clear mission, corporate objective and strategy. In this module, you’ll discover how to assess the impact of strategic positioning by understanding Porter’s five forces; particularly, you’ll focus on the implications of these forces for strategic and functional decision making and profits.

8: Choosing strategic direction 

This module teaches how to choose markets to compete in and what products to offer, and the factors that influence those decisions. You’ll learn about the reasoning behind choosing different strategic directions, based on factors such as market penetration and development, and diversification.

9: Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies 

Next, you will learn about the value of innovation and types of product and process innovation that support strategies for business growth.

This section also covers the reasons for targeting, operating in, and trading with international markets. You’ll cover the methods of entering international markets, such as exporting and licensing.

10: Managing strategic change  

Finally, you will learn about the reasons for and problems of changing organisational culture, and how to implement a strategy for change effectively.

This module will cover the types of change in business, which can be internal or external, incremental or disruptive, and teach you how to manage the outcomes of organisational change.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).