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Business A Level    studied at ABS and LSU

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO START THE COURSE

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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.

Content

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.

Content

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

EXAM BOARD: AQA

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UNITS

TYPE OF ASSESSMENT

DURATION

WEIGHTING

Paper 1 

Exam Paper

x hours

 x%

 

UNITS

TYPE OF ASSESSMENT

DURATION

Paper 1 

Exam Paper

x hours

FUTURE PROSPECTS

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.