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The aim of the new Business specifications is to take an all-inclusive approach to the subject in order to demonstrate the inter-related nature of individual topics. Students will use business models, theories and techniques to analyse contemporary business issues and situations.

The AS covers the topics of:

  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Human resources
  • Finance

The focus is on how decisions in these four areas can improve business performance. Developments in digital technology, business ethics and globalisation are covered throughout the topics so students can understand their impact on firms.

The A-level includes all of the AS topics but also takes a strategic approach to business. This involves the identification of businesses long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them. Topics include:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing a strategic direction
  • Strategic methods; how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Pictured - Business students explore the BBC's New Broadcasting House in London


Assessment is 100% exam based but the type of assessment varies with a few multiple choice questions, some short answer questions and some data response questions. At A level there are some essay questions too.

Numerical skills make up a minimum of 10% of both the AS and A level marks.

The A-level is a two year course with all exams taken at the end.

The AS is a one year course with all exams taken at the end of the year. The AS exams do not count towards the A level qualification.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English and Maths and a minimum average GCSE score of 5.20.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


AS & A-level Business has changed. From 2015 there is a new philosophy behind the course. The move to linear assessment will give students the chance to integrate their knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject. Whereas modular exams tended to take topics in isolation, the new specifications will encourage students to join the dots and make connections.

The content has been refreshed so although a lot familiar but there will be a greater focus on digital technology and e-commerce, international business, globalisation and business ethics. It's what students read and hear about in the news. This will be backed by up-to-date case studies to bring the subject to life.

The AQA Business course which is the one we follow allows for the AS which is a one year course and is examined at the end of the year and first year of the two year A-level course to be taught together in the same class. This can be done because there is no difference in the content in the first year. The courses are different in that the skills needed for the AS and A-level exams vary. The A-level has an emphasis on the harder skills on the assumption that after 2 years of study students will be ready.

The AS content includes the following topics:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making.
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance.
  • Decision making to improve operational performance.
  • Decision making to improve financial performance.
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance.

The A-level incorporates the same six topics as AS, plus the following additional topics:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business.
  • Choosing strategic direction.
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
  • Managing strategic change.

The skills assessed in the exams are set by a government organisation called Ofqual, and both AS and A-level Business exams will measure how well students have achieved the four skills mentioned below. The weighting of the skills is different for the two exams for example evaluation is more important at A-level.

Students will need to demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.

Students will have to apply their knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.

Students will analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences.

Students will evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence based solutions to business issues.


Course Information


A level

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