Highgrove Education

A level Business

Are you ready to take your passion for business to the next level? The International A level in Business will help equip you with a holistic understanding of the business world. You’ll develop essential quantitative skills, crucial for tackling real-world business challenges, and grasp the current global issues that impact businesses everywhere, giving you a head start in the global economy. You’ll also dive into real-life international business case studies, putting your knowledge to the test. With this qualification, you’ll broaden and deepen your skills, from numeracy to critical thinking, setting you up for success in further studies and beyond. Our international A level in Business will prepare you to make your mark in the business world.
Business A Levels

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationQualification: International AS Business, International A level Business
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary and Ju

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length1 year AS Business, then 1 year A level Business
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 5 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 1 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 10
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 260 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 50 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
Unit 1: Marketing and People
  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market
  • Marketing mix and strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders
Unit 2: Managing Business Activities
  • Planning a business and raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influences
Unit 3: Business Decisions and Strategy
  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing change
Unit 4: Global Business
  • Globalisation
  • Global markets and business expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International Business A level Specification: click here


  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Business A level


  • A minimum grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and English Language and a strong set of GCSE grades, including several at grade 7 or above.

Year 12 International AS

2 Exams (120 minutes each exam)
Paper 1Marketing and people (50% of the total of AS, 25% of the total of A level)
Paper 2Managing business activities (50% of the total of A2, 25% of the total of A level)

Year 13 International A level

2 Exams (120 minutes each exam)
Paper 3Business decisions and strategy (25% of the total of A level)
Paper 4 Global business (25% of the total of A level)

Progression to University

A Business A level can be useful for a range of university courses, including business and management, economics, accounting and finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship. It can also provide valuable insights for fields like law, and social sciences. While not normally a strict requirement, a Business A level can broaden your academic base and equip you with transferable skills. Pupil wanting to study Business or Management at university are advised to take a quantitative subject such as Maths as part of their subject selection.

Please note, some universities consider A level Accounting and A level Business Studies to be overlapping and will not consider this combination when taken as part of a profile with three A level subjects.

We also offer the following A levels

Our core A level subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher: 

We have an even wider selection of A levels available via our independent learning and tutoring programmes, including: