Business Studies

Exam Board

  • AQA

Course Content

Students on this course will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider the following:

  • the importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
  • the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
  • the competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • the influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
  • the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
  • how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
  • use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages).
  • the impact of technology on strategic decision making
  • the influences of Corporate Social Responsibility, ethical and environmental issues on strategic decisions
  • the difficulties in forecasting future trends
  • the importance of assessing feasibility and risk when making strategic decisions
  • the impact on stakeholders of strategic decisions and their response to such decisions.

Assessment

Paper 1: Business 1 Paper 2: Business 2 Paper 3: Business 3
Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level
Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level

Questions

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.

Questions

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

Questions

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English, Grade ‘5’ or above and GCSE Mathematics, grade ‘5’ or above. In addition, a wider interest in business is essential. You should be an independent learner and will be expected to keep up to date with business news and current affairs.

Progression Routes and Careers

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment. A Level business studies looks great to any employers as it shows you have background information into how a business works, so you are automatically considered for higher positions. It is an excellent choice to combine with other A Levels including Sciences, Maths and Humanity based subjects. There are a number of career and university options your A Level in business studies will offer you. Possible career choices with A Level business studies include management, marketing, advertising, retail, sales, human resources, finance, accounting, banking, retailing, manufacturing, local government and business consultancy. If you have a bright idea and the knowledge to back it up, you may even consider launching your own business! Many universities will accept business studies as an A Level when applying for courses such as economics, business studies and many other options. Business graduates are in high demand worldwide as business touches on every aspect of modern human society leading to diverse and often highly paid careers.