Business Studies



A Level Business Studies considers real-life businesses and the way in which accepted business theory relates to their operation.

By studying the theory and applying it to the real world you will be able to better understand how decisions are made and can then make informed judgments and conclusions.

There are three really good reasons to consider doing

Business A-level:

  1. It’s an interesting challenge. You will consider a wide range of current affair issues;
  2. It goes well with virtually any other combination of A-levels. Business involves you in using both writing and mathematical skills. It can be taken with a wide variety of other A-levels;
  3. It keeps you career options open. The skills developed are valued by employers.

Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before. TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of Business to a new generation. The new AQA specification enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of

what business is and does. A good standard of literacy and numeracy skills are vital for success in this qualification; the learning and the assessments involve considerable comprehension and extended writing and the financial elements demand strong core numeracy capability. At least 10% of the assessment is quantitative (numerical) and the skills tested include: ratios, averages, fractions, percentages and calculation of profit and loss.

The Course encourages students to acquire a range of important and transferable skills:

  • Data skills: students will be expected to manipulate data in a variety of forms and to interpret their results;
  • Presenting arguments and making judgments and justified recommendations on the basis of the available evidence;
  • Recognising the nature of problems, solving problems and making decisions using appropriate business tools and methods;
  • Planning work, taking into account the demands of the task and the time available to complete it.


Year 1

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making.
  • Decision making to improve: -
  • marketing performance;
  • operational performance;
  • financial performance;
  • human resource performance.

Year 2

  • Analysis of the strategic position of a business.
  • Choosing strategic direction.
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
  • Managing strategic change.


This course is now linear, which means that to achieve the A2 qualification you will be examined on the whole specification at the end of Year 13:

Paper 1: Multiple-choice questions, short answer and two essays. (33.3%);

Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions (33.3%);

Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions (33.3%).

Further information 

Mr M Jackson: (HOF)