Head of Business Studies Mrs G Hilder
Examination Board: AQA
The course aims to enable students to consider and evaluate the decisions made by businesses in a complex, dynamic and increasingly globalised environment.
Students develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. They will also become aware that business behaviour can be considered from a variety of perspectives - for example, ethical and environmental implications of decision making.
Additionally the wider social, technological, legal, political and economic factors which influence business activity are studied in detail. Students may consider how demographic changes have led to the expansion of convenience food stores or how legislation influences business behaviour and costs (for example, maternity and paternity legislations) and the impact of macroeconomic factors on businesses.
Newspapers, internet sources, specialist publications, and television programmes are integral to keeping up to date with the ever-changing nature of Business Studies. In order to bring to life the theoretical material studied in the classroom we try to bring successful local entrepreneurs into school to talk to Business Studies students.
There may also be an opportunity to visit businesses in the European Union - in the past we have visited businesses in Strasbourg, Lille and Brussels. We also organise a biannual residential trip to the West Midlands where we observe manufacturing production, visiting the JCB and JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) factories amongst others.
The two Business Studies AS modules focus on the skills of interpretation, analysis and evaluation. Accounting and Finance considers the sources of finance available to a business and basic cash flow management. Students also calculate and interpret various accounting ratios; consider the 4Ps (ie. price, product, promotion, place) of the marketing; mix and develop and co-ordinate the marketing plan with other business functions such as operations, personnel and finance.
AS Examinations include data response questions, multiple choice questions, extended data response stimuli questions and a compulsory case study.
Full A Level
There are three papers at Business studies A2 level; all examinations are 2 hours and are of equal weighting.
- Paper 1 Business 1
This paper comprises multiple choice questions, short answer questions and a choice of essay questions.
- Paper 2 Business 2
This paper consists of three data response compulsory questions made up of either three or four part questions.
- Paper 3 Business 3
This paper comprises one compulsory case study with six questions.
A2 Business takes a holistic approach to the subject and focuses on the inter-related nature of business using contemporary models, theories and techniques.
The approach supports 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 today; students will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation.