A Level Business Course

This course covers the brand new spec introduced in september 2015 and has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the following: how businesses work; how the world around them affects decision-making within a business; what leads to change and how businesses respond to these issues; and the range of perspectives that can be taken on business activities.

It also helps develop a range of important and transferable skills: data skills; presenting arguments and making recommendations on the basis of the available evidence; and problem solving. Business studies is a contemporary and “real world” subject. Business studies students can benefit greatly from drawing on experience of employment, experience as consumers and what they see in the media.

Qualification: A Level Business Studies (9BSO)
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 years support
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

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A Level Exam - Vaild May/June 2019 & onwards

Course fees include course lessons & 2 Years tutor support
(Exam fees not included. These are payable direct to your chosen examination centre)

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A Level Business Course

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Course Fee: Starting at: £399.00

What's included in the fees?

1: Printed course materials/course pack or online access (Select at checkout)
3: 2 Years Tutor support via email 
4: Assignment feedback and marking

What's not included in the fees?

1: Associated examination fees
2: Practical assessments - Where applicable
3: Optional study texts - recommended reading
4: Delivery if paper format selected

One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Course Format

Meeting customer needs
The market
Marketing mix and strategy
Managing people
Entrepreneurs and leaders

Raising finance
Financial planning
Managing finance
Resource management
External influence

Business objectives and strategies
Business growth
Decision-making techniques
Influences on business decisions
Assessing competitiveness
Managing change

Global markets and business expansion
Global marketing
Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Minimum of GCSE grade C or above.

View a list of UK Exam Centres here

If the centres listed are unable to accomodate you or are unsuitable for any reason we have agreements with the centres listed below that may be able to help. It really is worth the effort to travel if need be.


Recommended Centres

English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
B11 4JP
United Kingdom

Tel: 0121-771-1298

Email: info@englishandmaths.com
Web: http://www.englishandmaths.com


3A Tutors Ltd
1A High Street
Staple Hill
BS16 5HA
Tel: 0117 9109931
Email: enquiries@3at.org.uk

London Brookes College
40/42 The Burroughs
T: 02082022007
E: info@londonbrookescollege.co.uk
Web: londonbrookescollege.co.uk

Rastrick Independant School
Ogden Lane
T: 01484400344
Email: info@rastrick-independant.co.uk
Web: www.rastrick-independant.co.uk

Greene's Tutorial College
97A St Aldate's Street
T: 01865248308
E: enquiries@greenes.org.uk
Web: www.greenes.org.uk

Note: The contract for sitting exams and practical assessment is between you and your chosen centre. We advise students to contact 2 or 3 centres and compare charges as they will vary before they enrol.

Please be advised that all students are advised to check and confirm availability and examination fees prior to enrolment. UK Open College has no control over availabilty or exam fees charged. 

Edexcel A Level Business 

UCAS points awarded upon grades acheived.  Visit UCAS here

Edexcel are one of the largest awarding bodies within the UK. Predominantly aimed at 14-19 year old students sitting A levels and GCSE's for the first time or mature students generally looking to retake or achieve UCAS points for a university application. Edexcel provides students with a fully recognised qualification as provided by any further educaton college.

To sit Edexcel examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment. Please check availibilty and exam fees direct with your chosen centre.




Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to serioulsy consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic! 

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual.

Coursework completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the tuition period, however examination dates are not flexible and are set by the awarding body. If you require additional time to complete an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed 

Students are able to select how they wish to study.

Paper based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond direct with your tutor via email


Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you.!

Please be advised students cannot choose both methods/formats. You will be required to select your preferred method at checkout.

In order to attain this qualification you must sit three examinations, details of which can be seen below. Booking exams is the responsibility of the student. Any and all exam fees will be paid by the student directly to their chosen exam centre. 

Paper 1: Marketing, people and global business *Paper code: 9BS0/01

Externally assessed. Availability: May/June. First Assessment: 2017

35% of the total qualification

Overview of content:

Paper 1 will assess marketing, people and global businesses. Questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts.

Overview of assessment:

  • Written and examination
  • The paper comprises two sections
  • Students answer all questions from both questions
  • Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • 100 marks available

Paper 2: Business activities, decisions and strategy *Paper code: 9BS0/02

Externally assessed. Availability: May/June. First Assessment: 2017

35% of the total qualification

Overview of content:

Paper 2 will assess business finance and operations, business decisions and strategy. Questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global contexts.

Overview of assessment:

  • Written and examination
  • The paper comprises two sections
  • Students answer all questions from both questions
  • Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • 100 marks available

Paper 3: Investigating business in a competitive environment *Paper code: 9BS0/03

Externally assessed. Availability: May/June. First Assessment: 2017

30% of the total qualification

Overview of content:

Paper 3 will assess content across all four themes. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts.

For Paper 3, there will be a pre-released context document issued on the Pearson website in November of the previous year. A new context will be given out each year and will relate to the examination series for the following summer.

The context will focus on a broad context, such as an industry or market in which businesses operate. The question paper will be in two sections.

The first section will focus on the broad context provided. This will be outlined to centres through the pre-released document. Questions will focus on the broad context.

The second section will focus on at least one strand within the context provided, such as a particular business.

Each section will contain unseen stimulus materials comprising quantitative and qualitative evidence. Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their understanding of the broad context to this evidence.

Students cannot take any of their research or investigation data carried out as part of the pre-release into the examination.

Overview of assessment:

  • Written and examination
  • The paper comprises two sections
  • Students answer all questions from both questions
  • Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • 100 marks available

Assignment Information

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable students to monitor their progress

Past Papers

Visit Edexcel website and download specimen papers here 

Students are able to sit a standalone AS paper as a measurement/guide of their progress if required. However this will incur additional exam fees with your centre. This will be available in May/June 2016 if required. This will not count towards your overall A Level exam and is purely available for students who wish to test their progress. (England only) 

For students in Northern Ireland and Wales the AS will continue to count. 

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

Reviews For A Level Business Course

Date Added: 05/08/2014 by Frankie Best-Evans
4 Out Of 5 Stars
One of 3 A levels i have taken with this company. I have found both the support staff and the tutor ...
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Date Added: 11/08/2014 by Noel Carr
2 Out Of 5 Stars
No flexibility! Enrolled for this course over 12 months ago and i am now unable to complete my exams...
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