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A Level Business

Exam Board: AQA

Level of study: Level 3

Length of course: 2 years

Entry requirements:  General entry requirement plus grade B in Business if studied at GCSE Level

 AS

What is assessed?

Papers 1 and 2

· Assessment topics 1-6

· Written exam: 2 x 1 hour 30 minutes

· 80 marks in total for each paper

· 100% of AS

A2

What is assessed?

Papers 1, 2 and 3

· All Assessment topics

· Written exam: 3 x  2 hours

· 100 marks in total for each paper

· 100% of A2

Assessments topics

1. What is business?

2. Managers, leadership and decision making

3. Decision making to improve marketing performance

4. Decision making to improve operational performance

5. Decision making to improve financial performance

6. Decision making to improve human resource  performance

7. Analysing the strategic position of a business  (A-level only)

8. Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)

9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)

10. Managing strategic change (A-level only)

 How will you be taught? A level Business provides an opportunity to study in depth how businesses operate in the modern world on a local, national and global basis. All aspects of business behaviour and the  relationships between  businesses and consumers are covered. These include how  businesses are managed, their strategies for success and how they deal with the ever-changing  business  environment. The main emphasis is on the application of knowledge to practical business  situations.  The course covers a wide range of issues including business start-ups and growth, marketing,  managing people and the impact of international trade. Teaching is based on current events placing a premium on up-to-date issues, which are accessible to students.

Where can Business lead to? A level Business supports progression to higher education courses in business areas before entering employment. This qualification can also be used to progress to Higher Apprenticeships.