Business Studies A-Level Course


Introduction to Business Studies


QUALIFICATION: AQA - AS & A-LEVEL IN BUSINESS STUDIES

On completion of A-Level Business Studies you will have developed a range of professional skills which make you an attractive investment to both the world of work and further education. Human Resources, Production, Finance and Marketing are just some areas that you will be skilled in. Combined with a sharp focus on aims and objectives and the ability to analyse and make important decisions, Business Studies gives you a skill-set that prospective Employers desire.

Teaching is delivered in small groups by lectures, interaction, activity learning and personal student research. You will put theory to the test in examining real world examples from a range of businesses from giants like Microsoft or Tesco to local, single employee businesses. In Year 12 your study focus will be on the internal functions of a business; marketing, finance, production and human resources. In Year 13 study switches from focusing on internal business functions to the world in which businesses operate.


Teaching & Assessment


Year 12
Paper 1: Operating in a local business environment 
80 marks
2 hour written paper 33.33% of total A-Level
Paper 2: The UK business environment
80 marks
2 hour written paper 33.33% of total A-Level

Year 13
Papers 1 & 2 are the topics from Year 12 re-visited in more depth.
Paper 3: The global  business environment
80 marks
2 hour written paper  33.33% of total A-Level


Vocational Progression


The Business Studies course offers you a broad introduction to the business sector and should encourage you to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in realistic business contexts, such as discovering the problems and opportunities faced by local businesses and/or organising an enterprise activity. It is an ideal qualification for students who wish to progress to University, training or employment.

Business Studies is a highly regarded qualification. Studies in this subject prepare you for careers in: Accountancy; Advertising; Banking; Commerce; Economics; Financial Services; Management; Marketing; Public Relations or Administration; Insurance; Tourism or Travel Management.


Course Structure


Year 12


Year 12
• Human Resources.
• Accounting and Financial Considerations.
• Marketing and Marketing Strategies.


Year 13


Year 13 (A-Level only)
• Business Objectives and Strategic Decisions.
• External Influences Facing Businesses.
• Operational Strategy.
• The Global Environment of Business.