Business Studies A Level

You will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and explore and consider: the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making- the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness- the competitive environment and the market in which they operate- the influence on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues-the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty-how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how business operate and compete- the impact of stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions.

Course Content

Business Studies A Level is a linear subject and there are three exams at the end of a two year process.

 

Paper 1 explores different types of business. It focuses on managers, leadership and decision making. Paper 1 [Business 1] is assessed through a two hour examination and consists of 100 marks worth 33.3% of the A level. There are 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.

 

Paper 2 [Business 2] focuses on decision making to improve marketing performance, operational performance, financial performance and human resource management. Paper 2 is assessed through a two hour examination and is out of 100 marks worth 33.3% of A level. Paper 2 involves three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

 

Paper 3 [Business 3] is about strategies and how business respond to changing opportunities and threats. We will explore a variety of scenarios involving leading firms such as Microsoft, Nokia, Kodak, Sony etc. What is the recipe for success in a volatile world? Paper 3 [Business 3] is examined through a two hour examination is out of 100 marks worth 33.3% of A levels. There is one compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5.0 points for your average GCSE score, Mathematics and English Language at grades A*-C / 9-5 plus at least three other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects and a satisfactory reference.

International Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.5, High School Certificate Grade C / 5 or above (or equivalent).

Duration and Delivery

The A level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period. In the first year you will study topics 1-6 out of 10 of the specification. In the second year you will immerse yourself exploring the big issues in business, strategies, leadership, culture and change management. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July.

Progression

Business studies combines well with many A level subjects including Statistics and ICT. Business degrees are widely available and are consistently the most popular subjects at University; many Universities offer combined options. A future in the corporate world of business or perhaps in a smaller business enterprise requires the skills this subject provides.

Additional Information

The exam board is AQA. The specification is Business 7132. You can find more information at www.aqa.org.uk

Campus

Kingston Hall Road

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