BUSINESS A LEVEL
Exam board: AQA
QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO START THE COURSE
General qualifications for your chosen pathway (see LaSWAP pathways)
6 or above in English
4 or above in maths
YEAR 12 COURSE SPECIFICATION
With a focus on helping you to become a good decision maker, you’ll learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers. The first year of the A-level starts with a foundation topic ‘What is Business?’ and moves into decision making within the functional areas of business; marketing, operations, finance and human resources.
Topic 1 – What is business?
Topic 2 – Managers, leadership and decision making
Topic 3 – Decision making to improve marketing performance
Topic 4 – Decision making to improve operational performance
Topic 5 – Decision making to improve financial performance
Topic 6 – Decision making to improve human resource performance
YEAR 13 COURSE SPECIFICATION
The second year of the A level builds on the first year by considering strategy and the impact of, eg, technology, environmental and ethical influences on strategic decision making and functional areas.
Topic 7 – Analysing the strategic position of a business
Topic 8 – Choosing the strategic direction
Topic 9 – Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Topic 10 – Managing strategic change
LEARNING AND SKILLS
A level business requires students to develop their ability to acquire a range of important and transferable skills including data skills, presenting arguments, making judgements and conducting research..
EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT
Some blurb about the exams. Specify the length and weighting of it in relation to the overall A level qualification
|Units||Type of Assessment||Duration||Weighting|
|Paper 1||Exam Paper||x hours||x%|
|Units||Type of Assessment||Duration|
|Paper 1||Exam Paper||x hours|
If you’d like to study business, finance or management at university, A-level business provides an excellent foundation. The skills you learn are transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers. Whatever you choose to do in the future, you’ll find that the things you learn in this course will help. For example, you’ll probably work with lots of different people, so knowledge of motivational theory will help you to work well with others and help them achieve their potential. You might have ambitious plans to start your own business. If that’s the case, you’ll find the marketing and finance topics particularly useful.