The Business A Level Course will give you a solid grounding in many of the skills required for business life in the rapidly changing environment.

A Business ‘A’ level will give students a comprehensive understanding of the skills required in today’s rapidly changing business world. Employers are always keen to employ individuals with a good understanding of business and this distance learning course will provide you with exactly that. You’ll gain skills in all aspects of running a business and will even cover the skills required to start your own business.

This home study course follows the new linear A-Level syllabus. If students want to complete the new linear AS Level course then this can be purchased from the AS Level section of our website,

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are fourteen Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs).

The Syllabus:

Students can study for the AQA Business 7131/7132 A Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2020 or later years.


The full A level specification is assessed by three written papers:-

Paper 1: Business 1 (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 100 marks in total (33.3% of A-level).

Paper 2: Business 2 (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 100 marks in total (33.3% of A-level).

Paper 3: Business 3 (2 Hours) is 100 marks in total (33.3% of A-level).

This course is divided into the following 10 units:

  1. What is business?
  2. Managers, leadership and decision making
  3. (Decision making to improve) marketing performance
  4. (Decision making to improve) operational performance
  5. (Decision making to improve) financial performance
  6. (Decision making to improve) human resource performance
  7. Analysing the strategic position of a business
  8. Choosing strategic direction
  9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  10. Managing strategic change

Practical Skills/Coursework:

There is no coursework with this syllabus.


We will admit Candidates for this A Level Course who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C and above. It would be advantageous to the student if this included English GCSE and Maths GCSE. It is not necessary to have studied Business Studies GCSE although again this would be advantageous.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course. We do have an alternative course option for students who are under 18. Please email us if you require additional information about this alternative course. 

Additional Reading:

The following book is required to work alongside your course materials:

  • Business Studies for A-Level, 4th Edition (ISBN: 978-1444122756).

Additional non-essential recommended reading is detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 exam centres in the UK. Examination officers are available to registered students for advice on finding suitable centres or you can use AQA’s Private Candidate Page which details information about being a private candidate and has a search facility showing a small selection of centres set out geographically.

The new Linear format examinations all need to be sat in a single examination window on completion of your studies. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the A Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study A Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. If you wish to study an A Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most A Level's have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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