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Business Studies

Business Studies

 Exam Type: Linear 2 year A-Level

Exam Board: AQA

Course Requirements:

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.


Course Content:

You will:

  • 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.


Core Content:

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)

Career Opportunities/Progression:

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.