Exam Type: Linear 2 year A-Level
Exam Board: AQA
The course provides a smooth transition from GCSE Business Studies to A-Level, but GCSE Business Studies is not necessary to take this subject at this level. It is expected that students who have already studied Business at GCSE have obtained at least a Grade 6, otherwise Grade 6 in Mathematics and English is necessary to cope successfully with the financial and written aspects of the course.
- develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value.
- consider the internal workings and management of organisations, in particular the process of decision – making in a dynamic external environment.
- become aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders including customers, managers, creditors, owners/shareholders and employees.
- be aware of the economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues associated with business activity.
- acquire a range of skills, including decision making and problem-solving in the light of evaluation and, where appropriate, the quantification and management of information.
- be aware of the current structure of business and business practice in different sectors and environments, including large and small organisations, manufacturing and service industries, local, regional, national and multinational.
- apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.
1 What is business?
2 Managers, leadership and decision making
3 Decision making to improve marketing performance
4 Decision making to improve operational performance
5 Decision making to improve financial performance
6 Decision making to improve human resource performance
7 Analysing the strategic position of a business
8 Choosing strategic direction
9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
10 Managing strategic change
To gain an A-Level in business assessment will take place at the end of the course, covering ALL subject content.
Paper 1: Assessed on any content from topics 1–10, (written exam: 2 hours)
Paper 2: Assessed on any content from topics 1- 10, (written exam: 2 hours)
Paper 3: Assessed on any content from topics 1– 10, (written exam: 2 hours)
Take a degree course in Business Studies or any business related area such as Administration, Finance, Human Resource Management or Marketing, (some top Business courses require a high level of Mathematical ability so A-Level Mathematics would be an advantage for some students). This will support direct entry into employment in any area of business.