Course Information

Business Studies

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

This course is particularly suitable for any student with an enquiring and analytical mind who takes a keen interest in the way the wider economy and the dynamic business world operates.

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. You will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/ small; UK/global; service/manufacturing) and consider:

  • The importance of the context of business in relation to decision making

  • The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness

  • The competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate

  • The influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental influences

  • The factors that might determine whether a decision is successful (e.g. quality of data and degree of uncertainty)

  • How technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete

  • The impact of stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions

  • Use of non-qualitative and quantitative data in decision making (including interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages)

 

What you will do

Paper 1: Business 1

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Paper 2: Business 2

What’s assessed

1-6 and above

 

What’s assessed

1-6 and above

Assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks in total
  • 50% of AS

 

Assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks in total
  • 50% of AS

Questions

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 10 multiple choice questions worth 10 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth approximately 20 marks
  • Section C has two data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 25 marks

 

Questions

One compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions

 

Paper 1: Business 1

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Paper 2: Business 2

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Paper 3: Business 3

What’s assessed

All content above

 

What’s assessed

All content above

 

What’s assessed

All content above

Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level

 

Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level

 

Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level

Questions

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions worth 15 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth approximately 35 marks
  • Sections C and D have two essay questions worth approximately 25 marks

 

Questions

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

 

Questions

One compulsory case study followed  by  approximately six questions

Before the qualification can be awarded, students must undertake all of the assessments above.

Future prospects

Careers in Business (Marketing, Operations, Finance or Human Resources) and the opportunity to set up your own small private enterprise.