Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Focus of your studies will be rooted in the functional areas of business activities, with specific topics of marketing, operations, finance, and human resources. You will learn how strategies emerge within these functional divisions and how effective decision making within each area can determine overall business success.

What will I learn?

Additionally, the course has a large focus on the external environment, and you will be required to understand how companies may need to react to changes in the national and international markets they operate in. This will involve studying key factors from the external environment such as the impact of the economy, corporation law, technological change, ethical supply chain management, sustainability, and environmental concerns on strategic decision making.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


You will study in modern classrooms with interactive learning technology, and will have access to up-to-date resources.

Materials and other information

Unique Pre-Professional Programme available in Business.

Progression and Careers

Former students have progressed on to some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Manchester, the University of Reading, the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University. They are reading challenging and interesting degree programmes including Mathematics and Economics, Business Management, Accounting and Finance, Law, International Business, Marketing, International Relations and Event Management.

Alternatively, after completing your studies, you may also be interested in applying for one of our Apprenticeships with some of the region’s best businesses. We offer Apprenticeships in Business Administration, Retail, Customer Service, Call Centre Operations, Accounting and Marketing.

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