BUSINESS STUDIES - KEY STAGE 5
With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you will learn essential managerial skills alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver. You will become more aware of the world in which you live and the strong influence that business can have on all of us. The course has a strong quantitative content designed to develop your mathematical skills in a business context. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers.
Many students go on to take business related courses at university, or go into careers in Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Fashion, Sports Marketing, Customer Service as well as Administration and Law. This course can enhance whatever further study or employment you choose.
Programme of Study
The AQA A-Level Business Studies programme will be assessed externally and focusses on 10 units.
Year 1 – 6 units
Unit 1 What is business?
Unit 2 Managers, leadership and decision making
Unit 3 Decision making to improve marketing performance
Unit 4 Decision making to improve operational performance
Unit 5 Decision making to improve financial performance
Unit 6 Decision making to improve human resource performance
Year 2 – 4 units
Unit 7 Analysing the strategic position of a business
Unit 8 Choosing the strategic direction
Unit 9 Strategic methods
Unit 10 Managing strategic change
Business Studies is a vocational skill as well as an academic subject. You must be prepared to put a lot of time into working on practical case studies, improving your knowledge of current affairs as well as essay technique, quantitative skills and lots of revision to ensure success.
How will I be assessed?
100% examination - 3 examinations at the end of Year 13
Paper 1: 2-hour exam (33.3%) – Includes 15 Multiple choice questions, short answer questions and two essay questions
Paper 2: 2-hour exam (33.3%) – 3 data response questions worth around 33 marks each consisting of 3 or 4 part questions.
Paper 3: 2-hour exam (33.3%) – One case study followed by approximately 6 long answer questions.