Business Studies


How long does it last? Two years for A Level, one year for AS Level.
Course Code: 7131 7132
Exam Board: AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects/as-and-a-level/business-7131-7132

Students who take this course:
Students will need a Grade 5 in both Maths and English and a genuine interest in the business world and how it works. Previous study of business is not a requirement.

AS and A Level Course Aims:
This course has been designed to provide students with a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants and help them to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives. Students will be made aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals will acquire skills in decision-making, problem solving, critical analysis and data analysis.

AS Level Business will include:

What a business is and how managers and leaders make decisions to improve performance in marketing, operations, finance and human resources.

This unit is assessed using two papers:
Written Paper 1: 1 hour 30 minutes – including multiple choice questions, short answer questions and data response questions.
Written Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes – includes one compulsory case study.

A Level Business will enable students to analyse and manage the strategic position of a business, by choosing a strategic direction from a number of options and pursue it.

This is assessed using three papers:
Written Paper 1: 2 hours – including multiple choice questions, short answer questions and two essay questions.
Written Paper 2: 2 hours – including a variety of data response questions.
Written Paper 3: 2 hours – including questions based on one compulsory case study.