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What is Business Studies?

In A Level Business, students study businesses in a variety of contexts looking at large and small businesses, global and local and service and manufacturing businesses. Throughout the course students are taught how to understand the context of decision making, the interrelated nature of business activities and the competitive environment. They also assess the factors behind decisions and what make these succeed to fail. In a changing world, students also consider the impact of technology and the effects of business on the environment and how these impact business decision-making. Students are also made aware both of day to day decisions in business and broader strategic decisions and the differing bases for both of these.

How is it studied?

Business is taught in small groups and students are encouraged to build up a good practical and theoretical understanding of business which they apply to specific questions and case studies. Management, market performance, operational issues and human resources are all assessed. Emphasis is also placed in understanding strategic direction and decision making and the issues involved in pursuing new strategies and approaches. In the final examinations, students are assessed through multiple choice questions, extended answers and structured questions. They also use stimulus materials to undertake a case study.

How is A Level Business Studies assessed?

 

Unit Modules Weighting Format
1 Business Opportunities and Functions 33.3% External Exam: 2 hours 15 mins
2 Business Analysis and Strategy 33.3% External Exam: 2 hours 15 mins
3 Business in a Changing World 33.3% External Exam: 2 hours 15 mins

 

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

Students do not need to have studied Business before but need to have an interest in the workings of business. There are some calculations involved and the need to interpret and present data, so sound Mathematical skills are very helpful. Knowledge of the workings of a business are built up during the course.

What should I study with Business Studies?

Business can be combined with virtually any subject as it broadens the options of students. Those wishing to pursue a career in Science, Arts or other areas can gain through a practical understanding of the business context and many students find that the broad skill of business allow them to widen their skill set.

What can I do with A Level Business Studies?

Many students continue to study Business at university either as a general degree or with a more specific focus (e.g. Marketing, Sports Management or Business Technology). It also supports applications for a wide range of courses beyond the Business sphere or degrees which combine Business with another subject(s).