A LEVEL BUSINESS

Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A* - C including English and Maths.

Course Content

Business enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does.

Exciting new aspects of the reformed AS:

  • no duplication with GCSE Business as entrepreneurship and starting a business are no longer covered
  • shares and share dealing studied for the first time
  • course content updated to include areas such as: digital marketing, data mining, and e-commerce
  • more theories and quantitative techniques to increase challenge and credibility of qualification

AS Level

1. What is business?

2. Managers, leadership and decision making

3. Decision making to improve marketing performance

4. Decision making to improve financial performance

5. Decision making to improve operational performance

6. Decision making to improve human resource performance

A Level (as well as the above) will also include:-

7. Analysing the strategic position of a business

8. Choosing strategic direction

9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

10. Managing strategic change

Methods of Teaching

Students develop their skills in class through working on past papers, group work, class discussion of stimulus material, individual work on case studies/data response and videos. Students are also encouraged to extend their learning through independent work.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

AS Assessment: AS is a stand alone qualification and its 200 marks do not count towards the A Level. It is taken in the summer of the first year.

Paper 1

  • 1.5 hour written exam
  • 100 marks
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Short answer questions
  • Data response questions

Paper 2

  • 1.5 hour written exam
  • 100 marks
  • 1 case study and 7 questions

A Level Assessment: Is based on 3 papers taken in the summer term of the second year.

Paper 1

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
  • 15 Multiple choice questions
  • Short answer questions
  • 2 essays

Paper 2

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
  • 3 data response questions (made up of 3 or 4 part questions)

Paper 3

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
  • 1 case study with 6 questions
  • All A Level exams taken at the end of the second year

Financial Implications

Students will need to purchase textbooks totalling approximately £20. Students will be asked to contribute by online payment £10 a year towards the work booklets the Department will provide. The College has Student Support Funds for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

Business Studies is worth pursuing for its own sake, but it is a useful qualification for those hoping to go directly into employment or aiming to go on to higher education. Employers like students who have studied business as it makes them more immediately employable. Many students progress on to Business related degree courses. In addition, many degree subjects have a business studies module, so studying Business can be extremely useful whatever degree students might eventually follow. Business students develop skills and knowledge very relevant to the modern world.

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