A Level – Business


A Level Business is for anyone with an interest in how businesses operate. As consumers we should all know the way businesses produce and supply goods and services that we all use. You may be interested in running your own business in the future and this course provides a solid foundation for such a venture.

BTEC Business Level 2
  • Who Is This Course For?

    A Level Business is for anyone with an interest in how businesses operate. As consumers we should all know the way businesses produce and supply goods and services that we all use. You may be interested in running your own business in the future and this course provides a solid foundation for such a venture.

    You may wish to pursue a career in business management and there are many well-known organisations in retail and manufacturing which offer training programmes leading to recognised qualifications. You may wish to study a business-related course at university and A Level Business would be a valuable entry qualification.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    Course Details

    The course content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – they will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout the topics.

    Topics Covered in A Level Business

    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

    The A Level is assessed by 3 written exam papers

    Paper 1: 2 hours

    33.3% of A Level weighting

    Three compulsory sections:

    Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.

    Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.

    Section C has two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) each worth 25 marks.

    Paper 2: 2 hours

    33.3% of A Level weighting

    Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions

    Paper 3: 2 hours

    33.3% of A Level weighting

    One compulsory case study followed with approximately six questions

     

    Departmental Enrichment

    In studying A Level Business it is very important to gain as wide an experience of business in action as you can. The Business team, alongside other subjects in the department, believe that we should open students to a wide a range of enrichment activities designed to further your appreciation of the subject.

    We will be investigating a range of local and national businesses. We also hope to take students on revision workshops and continue to run the successful overseas visits.

    Department of Business, Accounts and Economics at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The department team is

    • Joanna Morgan – Head of Accounting, Business and Economics, teacher of BTEC Business and A Level Economics
    • Nicola Baker – Teacher of A Level Accounting
    • Elizabeth Blakey – Teacher of A Level and BTEC Business
    • Gill Blyth – Teacher of A Level Accounting, A Level and BTEC Business
    • Kate Clark – Head of BTEC Business, teacher of BTEC Business, PE and Sport
    • Lorna Everson – Teacher of BTEC Business
    • Martin Schofield  Teacher of A Level Accounting, A Level and BTEC Business
    • Dana Walden – Teacher of A Level and BTEC Business, teacher of A Level Economics
    • Sally White – Head of Faculty

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    The start of A Level Business Studies is always challenging, the course is about gaining a broad understanding of business and being able to study selected areas in more depth. You will find taking an interest in the news and current affairs by watching the news and reading the newspapers will aid the transition from GCSE.

    Students also find watching TV programmes on current affairs and entrepreneurial programmes like Dragons Den and the Apprentice as well as regularly reading the business section of a quality newspaper acts as an introduction to the world of business.

  • Progression:

    What does this course lead to?

    A Level Business can lead to a wide range of career options as the course will develop your skills of analysis and problem solving.

    Students who go on to study Business at university often chose to specialise in Marketing, Finance, IT or Human Resources.

    Having an A Level in Business will put you in great stead for a huge range of careers, as it is a great qualification to have. Our students progress to enjoy careers in numerous professions including marketing and advertising, retail management, public relations, teaching, recruitment, sales and distribution.

    Student Success

    In 2016-2017, the A Level Business course again achieved a 100% A Level pass rate. The department has helped many students achieve excellent grades above their own expectations and move on to further and higher education.

    Anna Terentjeva from Endeavour High School achieved an A* in Business and is now studying at The University of Manchester.

    Alex Czabaniuk from Winterton Community Academy achieved an A* in Business and is now studying at Loughborough University.