Business Studies

Awarding body: AQA

Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE courses

Course content and examination requirements:

The Business Studies course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the internal functions of and the external impacts on business organisations. 

They will be encouraged to develop skills in data manipulation and interpretation; presentation; planning; research.  These are all valuable skills which can be transferred to many different life experiences.

AS and A Level Content

Students of this course should study business in a variety of contexts (eg large/small, UK focused/global, service/manufacturing) and consider:

  • 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 eg 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) 

Plus, for A Level only

  • 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.

 Year 12 - Year 1 A Level and AS Units

Paper 1

This is a written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 80 marks in total, which is 50% of the AS

Questions

There are three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 10 multiple choice questions worth 10 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth approximately 20 marks
  • Section C has two data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 25 marks

Paper 2

This is a written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 80 marks in total, which is 50% of  the AS

Questions

There is one compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions.

Years 12 and 13 - A Level Only

Paper 1

This is a written exam: 2 hours long, worth 100 marks in total, which is 33.3% of the A-level

Questions

There are three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions 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.

Paper 2

This is a written exam: 2 hours long, worth 100 marks in total, which is 33.3% of the A-level

There are three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each

and made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3

This is a written exam: 2 hours long, worth 100 marks in total, which is 33.3% of the A-level

It consists of one compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Important Note

The AS and A Level courses have been designed to be co-teachable, so students can decide to study for the full A level over two years, or the AS Level only in Year 12. 

If students decide to study for the full A Level then they will be awarded both the AS at the end of Year 12 and the A Level at the end of Year 13.

Teaching staff / further information: Mr R Vyvyan