Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:2 Years


Business enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of the subject.

Course Content

  1. What is business
  2. Managers, leadership and decision making
  3. Decision making to improve marketing performance
  4. Decision making to improve financial performance
  5. Decision making to improve operational 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
  • no duplication with GCSE Business as entrepreneurship and starting a business are no longer covered
  • shares and share dealing studied for the first time
  • course content updated to include areas such as: digital marketing, data mining, and e-commerce
  • more theories and quantitative techniques to increase challenge and credibility of qualification


Methods of Teaching

Students develop their skills in class through working on past papers, group work, class discussion of stimulus material, individual work on case studies/ data response and videos. Students are also encouraged to extend their learning through independent work.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

3 papers taken at the end of the second year:

Paper 1

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
  • 15 Multiple choice questions
  •  Short answer questions
  •  2 essays

Paper 2

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A Level
  • 3 data response questions (made up of 3 or 4 part questions)

Paper 3

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
  • 1 case study with 6 questions

Financial Implications

Students will need to purchase a textbook each year, approximately £25 each. Students will be asked to contribute £10 (by online payment) a year towards the booklets the Department will provide. Revision booklets are available and students are encouraged to subscribe to the Business Studies Magazine (cost approx. £12.50 for 4 editions). The College has Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Where Could It Take Me?

Business is worth pursuing for its own sake, but it is a useful qualification for those hoping to go directly into employment or aiming to go on to higher education. Employers like students who have studied Business as it makes them more immediately employable. Many students progress on to Business related degree courses. In addition, many degree subjects have a business module, so studying this subject can be extremely useful whatever path students might eventually follow.  Students develop skills and knowledge very relevant to the modern world.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English.

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