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At Bales college the study of Business is brought to life with trips to large businesses such as Chelsea Football Club and smaller enterprises in the local area.  Here, students are able to experiences for themselves all aspects of business in operation.  In addition, our students attend revision workshops that are run by experienced examiners in order to ensure they are taught the higher level skills needed to attain the top grades that they deserve.


This A-level Business course introduces you to all you need to know about working in business, providing a solid foundation for further study.  With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you’ll learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver.  These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers.


If you’d like to study business, finance or management at university, A-level Business provides an excellent foundation.  The skills you learn are also transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers.  Whatever you choose to do in the future, you’ll find that the things you learn in this course will help.  For example, you’ll probably work with lots of different people, so knowledge of motivational theory will help you to work well with others and help them achieve their potential. You might have ambitious plans to start your own business.  If that’s the case, you’ll find the marketing and finance topics particularly useful.


Main Topics Covered

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Plans
  • Financial Ratios & Government Policy
  • Impacts of External Factors on Businesses
  • Economies & Diseconomies of Scale

The Business Studies course helps you to develop a number of skills:

  • How to assemble data and assess it
  • How to analyse companies’ strategies and tactics
  • Problem solving skills in relation to companies performance and strategy
  • Knowledge of business models and the business environment


Text Books

Business Year 1 Book

Business Year 2 Book

Malcolm Surridge , Andrew Gillespie


Secondary Sources and Background Reading


Business Review

Financial Times

Business Dictionary


The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher

Altucher basically makes the argument to those still working in the corporate world that a life of employment as we’ve known it is obsolete. The only future for everyone will mainly lie in budding entrepreneurs taking the risk to invest in themselves, to choose themselves and to start doing the work that makes them solopreneurs.

Ask by Ryan Levesque

Levesque takes readers through the art of figuring out exactly what customers want and then further walks through his very scientific approach to selling it to them. Sales are your business. If you don’t have revenue, you don’t have a business. You’ll garner powerful insights into how you grow your business with Levesque’s bestseller.

Email Marketing Rules: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Practices That Power Email Marketing Success by Chad White

Marketers today will tell you that your email list is your lifeline and the most important asset a company can have under their belt. You have to create a successful email list and subsequent email-marketing campaign or you simply won’t be able to compete in today’s business world.

White’s book is a powerful learning tool that will act like a mentor, teaching you the tricks of the trade in an easily broken-down format so you can take action.

Zag by Marty Neumeier

While Neumeier’s book is several years old, it’s powerful white-board-style approach takes you through the strategies of the most powerful brands in the world.

These brands have expertly learned how to differentiate from the competition. As the book title implies, when everyone zigs, these brands zag. Learn the effective strategies of the best global brands out there and how you can apply them to your brand.

Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes

Authors Downes and Nunes walk through strategies for keeping your business at the forefront so it doesn’t fall prey to innovative forces that could quickly derail it.

Think of how quickly companies such as Uber have disrupted taxi companies or smartphones have made GPS units virtually irrelevant. With plenty of examples and tips for how you can remain innovative, this book is a great one to keep handy to read now and again in the future as your business scales.

Rework by Jason Fried

This New York Times bestseller basically lays out that the typical ways of doing business are essentially time wasters or excuses holding you back. Fried argues against investors and pretty much all overhead such as offices, business plans and competitive analysis. He talks you through how to let go of the noise and control and just jump in to your business.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull 

Catmull is one of the co-founders of Pixar Animation Studios, along with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, and might well be one of the best-qualified individuals to write the book on building and maintaining a business that blends profits and creativity.

This is a book for any entrepreneur who wants insights into one of the most beloved brands and arguably creative companies in the world. Catmull dishes out lots of true stories, personal antidotes and helpful advice for aspiring creators