AS/A LEVEL BUSINESS STUDIES

Examination Board: AQA

Everything in life revolves around business, think about how it is possible for you to be reading this page. How was the internet created? How did you decide upon the laptop or hand held device you are currently using? How were you persuaded to buy it? Business Studies is based on real life situations on how businesses operate, trade and grow. You will be given the opportunity to develop and understand the analytical and evaluative skills required to recognise and solve business problems. It is a fascinating subject that covers areas like brand loyalty, maximising profits and staff motivational techniques.

Programme of Study

During the course, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of key business theories and concepts. In addition, you will develop your skills of analysis and evaluation, which will equip you for your examinations in the summer term.  You will be given case material to utilise and apply your knowledge and technical ability to solve business problems.

AS Outline

Topics covered are:

  • What is Business
  • Managers, Leaders and decision making in business
  • Decision making in business: Marketing
  • Decision making in business: Human Resources
  • Decision making in business: Operations Management
  • Decision making in business: Finance

How will I be assessed?

100% External Examination

  • Paper 1: 50%
  • Paper 2: 50%

A Level Outline

In Year 2 of the A Level, students will build on knowledge from Year 1, analysing the strategic direction of a business:

  • Analysing strategic position
  • Strategic direction
  • Strategic methods
  • Managing strategic change

How will I be assessed?

100% External Examination

  • Paper 1: 33.3%
  • Paper 2: 33.3%
  • Paper 3: 33.3%

Who is the course aimed at?

The course opens up a wide variety of options in Higher Education or the world of work including, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Management, Human Resource Management, International/European Business, Law and Information Systems.  Students have also secured apprenticeship opportunities in industry.

Student Feedback

‘Resources are always helpful to use during lesson and revision’ AS Business Studies student, 2015

‘Very good teaching.  I understand most if not everything’ AS Business Studies student, 2015

‘Good teaching.  If I was struggling on a certain topic, the teacher would explain it in a different way for me to understand’ AS Business Studies student, 2015

‘Brilliant teaching!’ A Level Business Studies student, 2015

‘The teaching was top notch’ A Level Business Studies student, 2015

‘Outstanding booklets, writing frameworks and practice questions; very good with resources and hand outs’ A Level Business Studies student, 2015

Student Results

A*-E (Polesworth) A*-E (National)
2015 100% 99%
2014 100% 98%
2013 100% 98%