A level Business develops knowledge of current business models, theories and techniques to support the analysis of potential business issues and situations.

Overview

Topics covered include business ethics, globalisation, management and leadership, feasibility and risk assessment and digital technology. During the course students develop key skills in critical thinking, informed decision making and data analysis.


Board: AQA
 

Course content will include a series of case studies of real life business situations. A level Business requires 1 to 2 years of study, 

Course Structure

Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses). In the first year you will cover the following six main topics:

  • What is Business?
  • Managers, Leadership and Decision Making
  • Decision Making to Improve Market Performance
  • Decision Making to Improve Operational Performance
  • Decision Making to Improve Financial Performance
  • Decision Making to Improve Human Resource Potential
 

Student may take the AS exam at the end of the first year of the programme. The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A level. In the second year you will focus on the following topics:

  • Analysing the Strategic Position of a Business
  • Choosing Strategic Direction
  • Strategic Methods
  • Managing Strategic Change

Exam Structure

AS Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2
Business 1
1 hour and 30 minutes
Business 2
1 hour and 30 minutes
 

A2 Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
Business 1
2 hours
Business 2
2 hours
Business 3
2 hours

Business One-Year A level

The board, format and content are the same as the two-year programme, but the course is covered in the space of one year. The stand-alone AS papers would not be sat.

 

Programme Requirements

Students do not need prior knowledge of business studies, but they need to demonstrate an interest in the subject and a good level of English.

Related Further Study and Careers

Business is often studied by students wishing to study business or management at university. It can also be useful for students who are already considering a career in business beyond their degree courses.


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