Sixth-form a-level-business

A Level


What could this course lead to?

The skills which students will acquire throughout the course provide a good foundation for the further study of Business Studies or related subjects in higher education and for those intending to pursue a career in any area of business.

GCSEs required

Those who have studied GCSE in Business Studies will find that the course builds on the concepts and skills that they have learned, although it is not necessary.

What will I be studying?

Subject content:

What is business?

•    Managers, leadership and decision making
•    Decision making to improve marketing performance
•    Decision making to improve operational performance
•    Decision making to improve financial performance
•    Decision making to improve human resource performance
•    Analysing the strategic position of a business (A level only)
•    Choosing the strategic position of a business (A level only)
•    Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A level only)
•    Managing strategic change (A level only)

What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?

Business Studies at A Level helps students to develop a whole variety of transferable skills and an understanding of the business world that will be of benefit when pursuing a range of courses.

What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?

The transferable skills in the AS units include:

carrying out calculations, interpreting and analysing data, developing arguments and making judgments and decisions. The transferable skills underpinning the A level units, in addition to the above, also include: making and presenting arguments, making and justifying decisions, identifying problems and proposing solutions, recognising that a problem exists, conducting research and challenging assumptions.

How is it examined?

At the end of Year 1 it is possible to take the AS level in this subject as a stand-alone qualification but the marks do not contribute to the final A level grade. The AS level only examines areas indicated above.


Business 1: (1.5 hours in length; 50% of the AS marks):

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

Business 2: (1.5 hours in length; 50% of the AS marks):

  • One compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions.
  • The A level is taken at the end of Year 2 and examines all of the areas above.


Business 1: (2 hours in length representing 33.3% of the A level marks)

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 (in each section there is a choice of one from two) worth 25 marks each

Business 2: (2 hours and 33.3% of A level)

  • Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Business 3: (2 hours and 33.3% of the A level)

  • One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

What syllabus do you follow?

AQA www.aqa.org.uk

Examination method

Written exam x 2 for AS, written exam x 3 for A Level.

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