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Business Studies

Specific Course Entry Requirements  
Examination Levels Offered

AS and A-Level

Examination Board AQA

Business A-Level is linear. Assessment of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years. The linear course will encompass a more holistic approach to Business and will give students the chance to integrate their knowledge and understanding of different areas.

Business is a live subject and information is constantly being updated regarding business development, the economy and its impact on business, changes in government policy as well as global issues.   You will cover a wide range of topics to reflect the nature of the subject which examines the key functions in any business.

We expect students of Business to be interested in current business events.  This means students should read a quality newspaper and watch/listen the news on a weekly basis in order to be able to relate theory to actual business practice.  This also means that  the subject comes alive for them.  At the end of Year 12 the student will be able to continue the subject on to the full A-Level if a D grade or better is achieved in the Year 13 entrance exams. 

Year 12 - Year One

Decision Making

  • Unit 1 - What is business? Forms, Purpose, Environment
  • Unit 2 - Leadership (Decision Making, and Stakeholders)
  • Unit 3 - Marketing (Positioning and Stakeholders)
  • Unit 4 - Operations (Systems and Quality)
  • Unit 5 - Financial (Control and Analysis)
  • Unit 6 - HR (Performance and Motivation)


Year 13 - Year Two


  • Unit 7 - Positioning (SWOT, External Influences)
  • Unit 8 - Direction (Markets and Competition)
  • Unit 9 - Implementation
  • Unit 10 - Managing Change

Three exams at the end of the second year.  Two hours each all worth 33.3% of marks.




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