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A Level

 AQA Business Studies A Level 

The following GCE course helps students’ on a clear pathway of progression, building on the GCSE programme of study and course they have studied, or enabling those who have not previously studied a GCSE Business Studies course.  

Aims

Courses based on these specifications should encourage students to:

  • Develop an enthusiasm for studying business
  • Gain holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
  • Develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
  • Understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • Generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • Be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
  • Acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
  • Apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

In order to be able to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in business, students need to have acquired competence in the quantitative skills that are relevant to the subject content and which are applied in the context of a business A-level, including:

  • Calculate, use and understand ratios, averages and fractions
  • Calculate, use and understand percentages and percentage changes
  • Construct and interpret a range of standard graphical forms
  • Interpret index numbers
  • Calculate cost, revenue, profit and break-even
  • Calculate investment appraisal outcomes and interpret results
  • Interpret values of price and income elasticity of demand
  • Use and interpret quantitative and non-quantitative information in order to make decisions
  • Interpret, apply and analyse information in written, graphical and numerical forms.

The assessment of quantitative skills will include at least Level 2 mathematical skills as a minimum of 10% of the overall A-level marks.

These quantitative skills may be assessed across the assessment objectives.

Assessment overview (Paper 1: Business 1)

  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks
  • Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each

Assessment overview (Paper 2: Business 2)

  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Assessment overview (Paper 3: Business 3)

  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Term

Year 12

 Year 13

Autumn 1

 

Teacher 1 – Managers, Leadership and Decision Making

Teacher 2 - What is Business?

Teacher 1 – Analysing the Strategic Position of a business

Teacher 2 – Strategic Methods: How to pursue strategies

 

Autumn 2

Teacher 1 – Managers, Leadership and Decision Making

Teacher 2 - What is Business?

Teacher 1 – Analysing the Strategic Position of a business

Teacher 2 – Strategic Methods: How to pursue strategies

 

Spring 1

Teacher 1 – Decision Making To Improve Operational Performance

Teacher 2 – Decision Making To improve Marketing Performance

 

Teacher 1 – Analysing the Strategic Position af a Business

Teacher 2 – Managing strategic change

 

Spring 2

Teacher 1 – Decision Making To Financial Performance

Teacher 2 – Decision Making To improve Human Resource Performance

 

Teacher 1 – Analysing the Strategic Position of a Business

Teacher 2 – Managing strategic change

 

Summer 1

Exam Revision and Preparation

Exam Revision and Practice

Summer 2

Teacher 1 and 2 – Choosing Strategic Direction

Examination