‘A’ Level in Business, a Student’s Perspective

Oxford Learning College Reviews – ‘A’ Level in Business, a Student’s Perspective

I’ve recently completed – as in, literally just finished the exams for – the Business A Level through Oxford Learning College. I’ve studied at home (Oxford Learning College is a remote learning facility, all of their students study at home for all of their courses) and I’ve been asked by the College to provide a review / overview of the course and how I found it.

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Firstly, the course itself:-

It’s structured into four ‘themes’ (areas of study) and I had to sit 3 exams at the end. The first 2 Themes are pretty basic, I guess to develop our learning through building our knowledge of simple business concepts and applying them to business contexts. The final 2 Themes are more complex and required more time to study and more ‘thinking time’ to ensure all concepts were properly understood, as they require students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. I certainly learned to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

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Each of the themes are as follows:-

Theme 1 – Marketing and People

Theme 2 – Managing Business Activities

Theme 3 – Business Decisions and Strategy

Theme 4 – Global Business

Personally, I enjoyed the final theme – global business – the most, although I can see that everyone doing the course would have their own personal favourite.

Oxford Learning College’s A Level courses are eligible for UCAS points, which obviously influenced my decision to use this Learning Centre to study at. I’m a ‘mature’ (!!) student, working full-time at present, but the overall aim for me is to reduce my hours to part-time while I study at University for the degree I never got while I was younger.

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I feel that this course will help me on my way. Not just from the UCAS points for completing it, but also from the discipline of studying, completing workbooks, completing topics and essays etc etc. As it’s been a while since I was at school, learning to study all over again has been a real experience and a real pleasure for me.

The course is well structured, well designed, and well put together. I got everything I needed out of it, and overall my experience using Oxford Learning College has been a very pleasant one. I hope this review helps others make their own minds up to use this College too, and wish you all the best of luck!


‘A’ Level Economics, a Student’s Perspective

Oxford Learning College Reviews – ‘A’ Level Economics, a Student’s Perspective

At the end of my recent Exams for the above course, Oxford Learning College asked me to provide them with a review of the course that they could use as a testimonial to show potential students in the future.

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I started the course to further my education and career. Although I initially had no thoughts of pursuing other courses, I’m now looking into some Level 4 courses offered by Oxford Learning College as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed method of studying I’ve been able to develop by being in charge of my own hours etc.

Oxford Learning College’s course material is available online once you’ve paid your fees, and because you can study at your time and pace I’ve been free to do a few hours in the middle of the night or whenever suited my lifestyle. It’s a very freeing method of study and far removed from my memories of school classrooms and timetables.

The course is split into four ‘themes’ – areas of study – as follows:-

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Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

This theme focuses on microeconomic concepts, namely:

  • The nature of economics
  • How markets work
  • Market failure
  • Government intervention

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Theme 2 : The UK economy- performance and policies

This theme focuses on macroeconomic concepts, namely:

  • Measures of economic performance
  • Aggregate demand
  • Aggregate supply
  • National income
  • Economic growth
  • Macroeconomic objectives

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Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market

  • This theme develops the microeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 1 and focuses on business economics.
    Business growth
  • Business objectives
  • Revenues, costs and profits
  • Market structures
  • Labour market
  • Government intervention

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Theme 4: A global perspective

This theme develops the macroeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 2 and applies these concepts in a global context.

  • International economics
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Emerging and developing economies
  • The financial sector
  • Role of the state in the macroeconomy

I’ve honestly never enjoyed studying and learning so much – probably the reason why I’m now considering advancing to a Level 4 course. I wish I’d come across Oxford Learning College sooner, as it’s been a massive help not just in my own self-confidence but in my employability too.

The course is really easy to follow, and each of the areas / themes are relevant to the other so your knowledge builds as the course develops.

I really can’t recommend this course and Oxford Learning College highly enough.