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 studies would be a valuable entry qualification.

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    AQA

    Course Details

    Topics Covered in AQA Business Studies:

    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 (A-level only)

    8 Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)

    9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)

    10 Managing strategic change (A-level only)

    The A Level is assessed by 3 written exam papers:

    Paper 1: 2 hour

    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 hour

    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 hour

    33.3% of A-level weighting

    One compulsory case study followed with approximately six questions

     

    Departmental Enrichment

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

    In 2014 -15 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 visit to Disneyland Paris.

    Enrichment photograph Recent visit as part of the Summer term activities

    Faculty of Law, Business, Accounts and Economics at Wyke Sixth Form College

    AS and A level Business courses belong to the faculty of “Law, Business, Accounts and Economics”.   Many of our courses are graded as outstanding or excellent.

    The faculty team is:

    • Brian Johnstone (Head of Faculty and teacher/course leader of AS and A2 Law, BTEC Applied Law)
    • Jennifer Billingham (teacher of AS and A2 Law and BTEC Applied Law)
    • Nicola Baker (teacher of AS and A2 Accounting)
    • Elizabeth Blakey (teacher of AS and A2 Business Studies, BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Certificate and Diploma in Business, course leader BTEC Business)
    • Joanna Morgan (teacher of AS and A2 Economics, AS Business Studies, course leader Accounting, Business, Economics and Deputy Head of Faculty).
    • Gill Blyth (teacher of BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Certificate, Diploma in Business, AS and A2 Accounting)
    • Paul Rhynehart (teacher of AS Business Studies)

    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:

    With excellent pass-rates (100% at A2), the department has helped many students achieve excellent grades above their own expectations and move on to further and higher education.

    A Level Business Studies 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 Studies at university often chose to specialise in Marketing, Finance, IT or Human Resources.