ALevels Business Career

Start Date
Course Course
A Levels
City Campus

About this Course

This is a Business Pathway consisting of 3 A level subjects. There is one core subject: Business. You can choose a second and third A level from the following: A Level Law, BTEC Law, A Level Psychology, BTEC Psychology, Sociology, English Language, Politics, Economics, Media, Maths.

Key Units

This is a Business Pathway consisting of 3 A level subjects. There is one core subject:  Business

You can choose a second and third A level from the subjects below:
  • A Level Law
  • BTEC Law
  • A Level Psychology
  • BTEC Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English Language
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Media
  • Maths

Mathematics is the study of quantity, structure, space and change. The mathematician Benjamin Peirce called mathematics “the science that draws necessary conclusions” and that is exactly what you’ll do on an A Level Mathematics course at The Sheffield College. During the first year of the course you will build on your knowledge and skills from GCSE, and equip you with a strong knowledge base in the key areas of mathematics, such as algebra and calculus. During the second year you will further develop the new concepts and techniques studied at in the first year.

Economics includes the study of how people behave and interact with each other, as well as the dynamic between consumers, manufacturers and government. You’ll look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty. Economists are often in healthy debate with each other over these issues and it is this controversy which makes the subject lively and interesting and which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgements and form your own opinions. There are several definitions of economics, with each trying to encapsulate the essence of the subject. However, most textbooks seem to agree that "economics concerns the allocation of society’s scarce resources amongst the many alternative uses to which they could be put." Students develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions. They will also build upon their quantitative skills and appreciate that, when evaluating arguments, both qualitative and quantitative evidence are important.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. It includes the opportunity to develop the research, communication and critical-thinking skills valued by higher education. In addition, employers have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the legal sector.

Media Studies is a theoretical and creative practical course in which you will learn about media texts, audiences and institutions in relation to the magazine, television, film, advertising and multi-media industries. Throughout the course you will cover a variety of areas, both theoretical and practical. For example, you will learn how to plan and create your own media from a specific brief, developing your technical skills and demonstrating your understanding of theoretical concepts. You will also learn about how the media represents different segments of society and how it is consumed.

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Entry Requirements

Standard Entry Requirements for 3 A levels:

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.

Please see individual A level entry requirements


A levels are assessed by written exams at the end of the two-year study period.

Where does this Lead

These A level subjects could lead to further study at university or careers in the following areas:

  • Sales
  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Company Secretary
  • Police
  • Probation and Prison Service
  • The Crown Prosecution Service
  • Advice Worker
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Civil Service Administrator
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Mediator
  • Financial Services
  • Stockbroker
  • Trading Standards Officer

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