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The Kings Advanced Level Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to leading UK universities.

Business Studies is an elective module within the Foundation, and is ideal for students who are interested in studying Business at university in the UK.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 8 April 2024 (Extended programme only)
  • 1 July 2024 (Extended programme only)
  • 9 September 2024
  • 6 January 2025


  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 11-12 years of schooling
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16.5


  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)
  • Extended programme: 1-2 Academic Years (4-7 terms)


  • Average 21 hours per week (plus homework and private study)

Learning outcomes

  • Have factual knowledge and understanding of the principles of planning a business and raising finance
  • Be able to apply knowledge and understanding to problems and issues arising from familiar and non familiar business situations
  • Understand the methods of business analysis to investigate business problems, issues and how to implement strategies for success within business environment
  • Evaluate, distinguish between and assess appropriateness of fact and opinion, and judge information from a variety of business sources

Course content and structure

The Advanced Level Foundation programme is highly flexible, and able to adapt to the needs and academic aspirations of each student. It does this through a combination of core modules and a series of elective modules which can be combined in different ways to create main subject streams.

Business Studies is one of the many elective modules offered, and an overview of the syllabus content is shown below.

Course structure and content

Term 1

  • Introduction to business studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The nature of a business
  • Legal structures
  • Stakeholders
  • Business plans
  • Business objectives
  • The nature of marketing
  • Market research
  • Market segmentation
  • Market share, size and growth
  •  The marketing mix
  • The 4 P’s of marketing (product, price,promotion, place)

Term 2

  • Business organisations
  • Organisational structures
  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Training
  • Appraisal
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Motivation and motivational theories
  • Employer/employee relationships

Term 3

  • Sources of finance
  • Costs, revenue and profit
  • Contribution
  • Break-even analysis
  • Budget setting
  • Cash flow forecasts
  • Working capital
  • Income statements
  • Balance sheets
  • Ratio analysis

Sample subject combinations with Business studies

  • Business studies, Economics, Mathematics
  • Business studies, Government and Politics, Law
  • Business studies, Geography, Government and Politics

Sample enrichment activities

  • BMW factory visit 
  • Business Enterprise 
  • Bank of England visit
  • Coca Cola factory tour

Recommended reading

Below is a list of text books normally used on this course, as well as books which may help you prepare for your studies prior to arrival. In many cases the textbooks will be supplied by the school, and you may borrow them for the duration of your time at school. However, if you already know what three subjects you want to choose you may prefer to purchase one before you arrive.

  • Business Studies Fourth Edition by Hall, Jones,Raffo, Anderton. Published by Folens
  • New Grade 9-1 GCSE Business AQA Revision Guide
  • New GCSE Business Edexcel Revision Guide- for the Grade 9-1 Course
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business RevisionGuide

Sample academic calendar (2023-2024)

Year 1


  • 11th: term starts
  • Student induction


  • 23 – 27th: half term
  • Progress tests


  • University fairs and talks


  • 15th: term ends
  • End of term exams


  • 8th: term starts


  • 15th – 16th: half term
  • Progress tests
  • University fairs


  • End of term exams
  • 22nd: term ends


  • 8th: term starts


  • Progress tests


  • Exams
  • 14th: term ends


Recent alumni

Below are some of the recent students who took the Business Studies module, including information about the university they progressed to and the degree course they are doing.

Zhonart Ablassanov

  • Business/Economics/Geography/CSS/Data
  • University of Kent
  • Accounting and Finance

Girim Ban

  • Business/Geography/Mathematics/CSS/ Data
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Economics and Politics

Aidai Ergeshova

  • Business/Art & Design/Geography/CSS/Data
  • University of Exeter
  • International Relations

Alina Kurmanbayeva

  • Business/Economics/Government & Law/CSS/Data
  • SOAS
  • Politics and Economics

Jingxuan Li

  • Business/Economics/Mathematics/CSS/Data
  • University of Leicester
  • Accounting and Finance

Mai Anh Pham

  • Business/Geography/Government & Politics/CSS/Data
  • University of Surrey
  • Media Studies with Film Studies

Octavie Railet

  • Business/Geography/Government & Politics/CSS/Data
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Law

Xiangqian Sun

  • Business/Economics/Mathematics/CSS/ Data
  • Lancaster University
  • Management and Organisational Behaviour

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The Kings Admissions Team