A Level Business Studies

Course codes: OSC1280 / OSC1299
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Understand what it takes to become an entrepreneur and find out what makes businesses grow and become successful…

  • Fully recognised Edexcel Business Studies A Level
  • Option for exams to be included or book when ready
  • Same course as sixth form or college
  • Learn skills in marketing, finance and business growth
  • Open up jobs in accounting, marketing or management
  • Learn online or from a course pack
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs is likely to be delayed. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

For those aspiring to own their own business or interested in how a successful business works, consider taking your A Level Business Studies online with us. You could be the next Lord Sugar…

Explore the rules and strategies of business management, methods of marketing and the importance of relationships with customers.

An insightful course with a flexible approach.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Course Outcome

Edexcel A Level in Business Studies (you must take the A Level exam to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


3 paper-based exams.

Course Content

Qualification Code: 9BS0

  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market
  • Marketing mix and strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influence
  • Business objectives and strategies
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing change
  • Globalisation
  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)
Extra Info


To achieve the full Business Studies A Level you must take the A Level exams. These take place in May/June every year.
You can add these on or choose to book your own. If you add your exams on, we will book these for you when you are ready. You must take your exams in either Birmingham or Macclesfield.
To achieve the full Business Studies A Level you will be assessed across the four themes. All themes will be assessed by 3 paper-based exams. A more detailed breakdown of the exam is provided below.

Course Duration

You have 2 years to complete this course. Your only deadlines are the A Level examinations, which take place in May/June.
If you add on your exams, just let us know when you are ready and we will book them for you.
If you choose to sort this for yourself, 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 of this home learning course you will receive an A Level in Business Studies issued by Edexcel.

Thinking of Going to University?

Open Study College are proud to partner with QA Higher Education, providing students with the unique opportunity to progress into higher education. This partnership aims to support our students in finding and securing a university place at one of QA Higher Education’s conveniently located teaching centres across the UK.

Exam details

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

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.

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

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • * Exclusive Open Study College pen with highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

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

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course; if you add on the exams we will book these exams for you. 

Please note: if you add on exams with us – you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham or Macclesfield examination centre.

No, all costs are included within the price! If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately.

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.

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.

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 Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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