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Why study this subject?

The WJEC AS & A level in Business introduces students to the importance of entrepreneurial activity in creating business opportunities in an ever changing business & economic environment.

Over the 2 years, students will study a wide range of topics which are current, interesting, challenging and    thought provoking. Students often comment on how much they enjoy and take from being able to apply Business theory to real life business scenarios, such as the growth of Apple, globalisation of Coca-Cola, the impact of supermarket ‘price wars’ and many more.

By taking the course you will:

  • gain an holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
  • develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
  • understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
  • acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision-making, problem-solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
  • apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

The nature of the course ensures that students have the opportunity to develop a wide range of essential skills required for higher education and employment.

Which Examination Board?


Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS qualification does count towards the A Level. You will sit an AS qualification  at the end of Year 12, which is worth 40% of your final grade.

How will you be assessed?

100% Examination at AS and A Level.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

AS Business

  • Unit 1: 15% Business Opportunities, written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes (Short answer/structured questions)
  • Unit 2: 25% Business Functions, written examination: 2 hours (Data response paper)

A Level Business

  • Unit 3: 30% Business Analysis & strategy, written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes (Short answer & data response questions)
  • Unit 4: 30% Business in a changing world, written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (case study and essay)