Business Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an exciting yet demanding course that enables students to explore real business situations and understand the role of the entrepreneur and business in society. You will have the opportunity to meet with and visit people from local business community and you will gain an insight into the main areas of business through case studies, role plays, discussions and visits.

 

COURSE CONTENT – AQA

A Level

  • What is business
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

 

 

Paper 1 : Business 1 + Paper 2 : Business 2 + Paper 3 : Business 3
What’s assessed

All content above

 

What’s assessed

All content above

 

What’s assessed

All content above

 

Assessed

• written exam: 2 hours

• 100 marks in total

• 33.3% of A-level

 

Assessed

• written exam: 2 hours

• 100 marks in total

• 33.3% of A-level

 

Assessed

• written exam: 2 hours

• 100 marks in total

• 33.3% of A-level

 

Questions

Three compulsory sections:

•• Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.

•• Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.

•• Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each.

Questions

Three data response

compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

 

Questions

One compulsory case study

followed by approximately six

questions.

Before the qualification can be awarded, students must undertake all the assessments.

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

An A Level in Business Studies opens up many opportunities to study at degree level in Business, Management Studies, Accounting and Finance, Human Resources and Marketing. It also provides a good grounding for careers in banking, accounting, retail management and human resource management.

 

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students who study this subject will normally achieve 9-4 grades in a range of subjects, including a Grade 5 in Maths and a grade 5 in English.  It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Business Studies.