International Foundation Programme in Business and Economics


Program Description

A Level Business starts by teaching students the practical steps of starting up a small business. It finishes by discussing the detailed issues involved in running a large corporation like Dell Computer Plc.

What is Business at DLD?

Part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, A Level Business at DLD College allows learners to develop a holistic understanding of organisations in various business sectors and environments, drawing on local, national and global contexts. We embrace creativity and work to inculcate a measured approach to tackling questions that ultimately lead to justified judgments that avoid the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

Learners will apply a number of analytical techniques such as break-even analysis, investment appraisal tools and ratio analysis in order to investigate business opportunities and problems. They will be equipped to determine appropriate business strategy in a range of contexts. Business Tutors at DLD aim to create an atmosphere that is dynamic in terms of its delivery of subject material, stimulating and one that nurtures an awareness of events and issues within the global commercial environment.

Students in the first year of the programme will all work towards the AS qualification. The content of the first year forms the foundation of the Eduqas A Level that is completed in the second year.

In today’s digital age, it is essential for learners to future-proof their education.

The Business and Economics pathway seeks to inspire future leaders and prepare students for undergraduate study in a range of courses. In the past, our students have received offers for courses such as Business Management at King’s College London, International Banking and Finance at City University London and Accounting and Finance at the University of Birmingham. To find out more about what you will study on this pathway, see below:

In addition to the common Key Components Strand, students will study the following subject components:

Business and Economics Subject Components


Businesses and business leaders have been key architects of the digital age and the globalised world we inhabit. The challenge of managing finite resources in a way that satisfies a network of stakeholders is perhaps greater and more exciting than ever.

This module requires students to critically engage with foundational concepts and the evolving functional areas of business.

  • An introduction to business in the UK
  • Stakeholders; their interests and behaviour
  • Revenue, costs, contribution and profit
  • Foundations of marketing
  • Introduction to accounting
  • Operations and lean processing
  • Key concepts in human resources
  • Market-driven decision making
  • Digital business & entrepreneurship

Assessment Method: Written exam


The fast-paced and dynamic nature of modern business requires leaders to be incisive in their decision making whilst taking into account the interests of their ever-expanding group of stakeholders. This module explores a variety of decision-making models based on the fundamentals of business strategy. As part of this course, students will explore the work of such important authors as Peter Drucker and Michael Porter.

Fundamentals of leadership

  • Leadership theories
  • MBO

Developing corporate strategy

  • Growth strategy
  • Porter’s five forces analysis
  • SWOT analysis

Managing external pressures

  • Analysing the external environment
  • The ethical business

Principles of financial accounting

  • Ratio Analysis

Decision-making models

  • CPA
  • Decision trees
  • CBA
  • Forecasting

Evaluating investment decisions

  • Investment appraisal
  • Managing change
  • Change management
  • Risk management

Assessment Method: Written exam


In light of the global financial crisis, Economics continues to be the key discipline that students need to understand the world we live in today. ‘Principles of Economics’ will cover the basics of Micro and Macro Economics that students will need to begin to understand and critically engage with the world around them.

  • Factors of production
  • Opportunity cost
  • Production possibility frontiers
  • Demand and consumer surplus
  • Elasticities of demand
  • Supply and producer surplus
  • Price elasticity of supply
  • Circular flow of income
  • Economic growth
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment
  • Current account on the balance of payments
  • Fiscal policy
  • Monetary policy
  • Supply side policies
  • Aggregate supply and aggregate demand
  • Conflicts of economic policy and objectives

Assessment Method: Written exam


In a world that is more connected and interlinked more than ever before, the growth of international trade, multi-national corporations and improvements in technology are changing how markets interact. In ‘The Global Economy’ students will study some of the key reasons and effects of these changes and be equipped with the tools to be difference makers in the new global economy.

  • Globalisation
  • International trade
  • Protectionism
  • Development economics
  • Multi-National corporations
  • Exchange rate systems
  • Economic integration and monetary union
  • Balance of payments

Assessment Method: Written exam

Entry Requirements for International Students

To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.

Last updated Feb 2019

About the School

DLD is the oldest and one of the most prestigious colleges in the UK, which, since its foundation in 1931 has built a strong reputation among students, parents, schools and universities.

DLD is the oldest and one of the most prestigious colleges in the UK, which, since its foundation in 1931 has built a strong reputation among students, parents, schools and universities. Read less