Business Studies

At a glance

 

Course title                               Business Studies

Level                                          AS and A2

Exam board                              AQA (www.aqa.org.uk)

Course Overview

For the new A-level specification you will cover topics 1-10 and then complete your exams at the end of the second year.

Subject content (10 Topic Areas)

  • 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
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Component 1:

Business 1

Written Paper

33.3%

  • 2 hours
  • 100 marks - 15 MCQs worth 1 mark each, short answer questions worth 35 marks, 2 extended answer questions (each out of a choice of 2) worth 25 marks each

Component 2:

Business 2

Written Paper

33.3%

  • 2 hours
  • 100 marks – 3 data response questions each worth approx. 33 marks

Component 3:

Business 3

Written Paper

33.3%

  • 2 hours
  • 100 marks – one case study consisting of 6 questions

For the new AS specification you will only cover topics 1-6 and then complete your exams at the end of the first year. The AS result cannot be counted towards your final A2 grade.