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Business is a dynamic subject that investigates each of the four main business functions: Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Operations. With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you will learn essential managerial skills alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver – a solid foundation for further study as well as being highly sought after skills in a wide range of careers.

At Bilborough College, you will learn through a variety of different teaching methods and can benefit from the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real world businesses in London and New York on our annual trips.

To study Business at Bilborough, you need a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and grade 5 in GCSE English Language. Although it is not required to have studied Business at GCSE, it is desirable to have a grade 5 if you have.

Our links with HE

We have strong links with a number of local universities including Nottingham, Loughborough and Derby, where our students have participated in a range of activities including taster sessions and enterprise challenges. In the past we have worked closely with some first-rate employers such as KPMG and PwC, with students attending networking events.

A level Business provides an array of transferable skills, ideal for further study in Business, Marketing, Finance or Management but also across a broad range of other subjects and careers.

Course Structure

In the first year you will gain an insight into Marketing, Operations, Finance and Human Resources. We will look at the role of a manager and how decisions are made in business. In particular, you will develop an understanding of how a decision made in one area of business will affect the rest of the business.

During the second year, the functions of business will come together and you will investigate the different strategies a business could follow. The main theme this year is the impact of the external environment, where changes are hard to predict but require a fast response. We will also look at measuring business performance, growth, internationalisation and project management.

The course is examined by three 2 hour written exams at the end of the second year. Each exam is worth a third of the A level qualification, drawing on material from the whole course. There are a range of question styles including multiple choice, calculations, short and long answer questions. These will contain some data response and use of case study stimulus material.


A significant number of our Business students have gone on to higher education at top universities as well as into employment with prestigious companies such as British Airways, KPMG and Tenon – to name but a few. Some of our students are now managing their own start up’s in a variety of fields including technology and fashion.

“Failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success”
– Arianna Huffington

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