1Course Overview

A Level Business Studies

Course code: OSC1280

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  • Official Edexcel Business Studies A Level
  • Full course materials
  • Full tutor support
  • Study at your own pace
  • Exam fees not included - to include exams see our A Level Business Studies inc Exams

Study A Level Business Studies from home – your route to academic success!

This new A Level course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content.

On this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with

Studying A Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared. A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

You will be responsible for booking your exams. We can help you to find your nearest exam centre and we have 7 recommended exam centres across the country.
You can contact us for help with this whenever you are ready.

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level.

Find out how A Level student, Christian, has found studying his A Level with us

 

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2Course Content

Qualification Code: 9BS0

Theme 1: Marketing and People
  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market
  • Marketing mix and strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders
Theme 2: Managing Business Activities
  • Raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influence
Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
  • Business objectives and strategies
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing change
Theme 4: Global Business
  • Globalisation
  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)
3Other Information
Exams and Assessment

To achieve the full Business Studies A Level you must take the A Level exams. You will be responsible for booking your exams. We can help you to find your nearest exam centre and we have 7 recommended exam centres across the country. You can contact us for help with this whenever you are ready.

These 3 paper-based exams will be assessed across the four themes. A more detailed breakdown of the exams details is provided below:

  • Paper 1: Marketing, People and Global Business – 9BS0/01
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 35% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Assessed: Any content from themes 1-4 and from local, national and global contexts.
  • Assessment format: Data response questions including one extended open-response question

 

  • Paper 2: Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy – 9BS0/02
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 35% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Assessed: Any content from themes 2-3 and from local, national and global contexts.
  • Assessment format: Data response questions including one extended open-response question

 

  • Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment – 9BS0/03
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 30% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Assessed: Any content from all themes and from local, national and global contexts.
  • Assessment format: Data response questions including one extended open-response question
  • For Paper 3, there will be a pre-released context document sent to you by the examination centre once you are registered for the exam.

This course does not contain your exam fees. 

To include exams see our A Level Business Studies inc Exams

Course Duration

You have 2 years to complete this course. Your only deadlines are the A Level examinations, which take place in June. You can book onto these examinations whenever you are ready and we can provide you with a list of exam centres to help you with this. Students are advised to contact Pearson Edexcel exam centres well in advance of their intended exam dates, as cut-off dates sometimes change.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Business Studies by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or via email, you choose! Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course pack will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion the exams of you will receive an A Level in Business Studies issued by Edexcel.

You will be responsible for booking these exams yourself or you can see our A Level Business Studies inc Exams

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as an A Level from a school or college?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

It is recommended that you have a reasonable GCSE grade in Business Studies to enrol on this course. However, this is not essential.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE TOTUM student discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College pen with highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

There is no required reading for this A Level. However you will need to conduct your own research using the internet.

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course.You will be responsible for booking your exams. We can help you to find your nearest exam centre and we have 7 recommended exam centres across the country. You can contact us for help with this whenever you are ready.

The examinations run on specific dates, which can be obtained by visiting the Pearson website

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to pay a fee to the examination centre of your choice and your exam when taking the A Level exams.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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