Business Studies

A Level

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.

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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.

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.

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