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Summary of course content

The syllabus aims to enable candidates to:

  • understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role of business in society, internationally and within each candidate’s own country
  • develop critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value
  • evaluate business behaviour from the perspective of a range of stakeholders including owner/ shareholder, manager, employee, customer, supplier, lender and government
  • develop an awareness of the political, economic, social, technological, legal, environmental and ethical issues associated with business activity
  • develop quantitative, problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills.

All candidates for Cambridge International AS & A Level Business study the topics below. Candidates for Cambridge International A Level Business also study the highlighted topics:

  1. Business and environment
    • Enterprise
    • Business Structure
    • Size of business
    • Business objectives
    • Stakeholders in a business
    • Business structure
    • Size of business
    • External influences on business activity
  2. People in organisations
    • Management and leadership
    • Motivation
    • Human resource management
    • Human resource management
    • Organisational structure
    • Business communication
  3. Marketing
    • What is marketing?
    • Market research
    • The marketing mix
    • Marketing planning
    • Globalisation and international marketing
  4. Operations and project management
    • The nature of operations
    • Operations planning
    • Inventory management
    • Operations planning
    • Capacity utilisation
    • Lean production and quality management
    • Project management
  5. Finance and accounting
    • The need for business finance
    • Sources of finance
    • Costs
    • Accounting fundamentals
    • Forecasting cash flows and managing working capital
    • Costs
    • Budgets
    • Contents of published accounts
    • Analysis of published accounts
    • Investment appraisal
  6. Strategic management
    • [No topics at AS Level]
    • What is strategic management?
    • Strategic analysis
    • Strategic choice
    • Strategic implementation

How the course is assessed

For Cambridge International AS & A Level Business, candidates:

– take two written papers (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification)


– or follow a staged assessment route by taking two written (for Cambridge International AS Level qualification) in one series, then one additional written paper (for the Cambridge International A Level qualification) in a later series


– or take all three written papers in the same examination series, leading to the full Cambridge International A Level.

Guided Learning Hours

Guided learning hours give an indication of the amount of contact time teachers need to have with learners to deliver a particular course. Our syllabuses are designed around 180 guided learning hours for Cambridge International AS Level, and around 360 guided learning hours for Cambridge International A Level.

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Required textbook

Cambridge International AS and A Level Business Coursebook, Peter Stimpson, Alistair Farquharson, ISBN 9781107677364. You can find the textbook here.