KS5 Business Studies

A-Level Business Studies

Grading: A – E

Course Overview:

Business is a popular choice at A Level with this qualification introducing students to the world of business through building knowledge of core concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, understand that business behaviour can be studies from a range of perspectives and challenge assumptions.

This course is aimed at those students wishing to study business in an academic context.

Year 1 Topics (Year 12)

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance

Year 2 Topics (Year 13)

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

External Assessment:

This is a linear qualification with all exams undertaken at the end of 2 years.

Paper 1

Written exam: 2 hours based on all content, worth 33.3% of A-level
Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions
  • Section B has short answer questions
  • Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two)

Paper 2

Written Exam: 2 hours based on all content, worth 33.3% of A-Level

Three data response compulsory questions made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3

Written exam: 2 hours based on all content

Questions based on one compulsory case study. worth 33.3% of A-level

Entry Requirements:

Grade B in English and Mathematics at GCSE.

Internal Assessment:

Exam styles questions and end of unit assessments.

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