A Level Business

What does this qualification cover?

By taking a holistic approach to the subject, students will recognise the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations to provide a dynamic specification. The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – they will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout the topics. 


What’s included?

Over the 5 hours per week for the two years, students will cover the 10 topics below in preparation for the 3 terminal examinations at the end of year 13. Each paper is 2 hours long and represents 1/3 of the overall outcome for the subject. The exam papers are all marked out of 100. Paper 1 is split into 3 sections made up of multiple choice, short answer and essay type questions. Paper 2 is made up of 3 data response compulsory questions and paper 3 is one case study followed by 6 in depth questions. Wherever possible, the teachers will seek to engage with employers to enrich the delivery of this subject. 

Key Features

Students on this course will cover the following 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  

8 Choosing strategic direction  

9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies  

10 Managing strategic change  


Links to workplace

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment 


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