Business Studies



Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of Business to a new generation. The recent EU referendum will have an impact on what business does over the years to come; this makes understanding business even more important. 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.

A level content

The A Level course includes the following topics:

  • 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.

The A-level is assessed by three two hour written exams at the end of the course.

Paper 1: Multiple-choice questions, short answer and two essays.
Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions.
Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.

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. 

Further information :
Mr T Boddington: (HOF)