KS5 Business Studies

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Business Studies

What entry requirements do I need to study the course?

Level 5 at GCSE Business studies and GCSE Maths Level 4

What does the course involve?

The A‐Level GCE Business Studies assumes no previous knowledge of the subject. Everyone starts with a level playing field; a fresh start with an equal opportunity to excel. Although you will need to use maths in the form of percentages the intention is that the subject is accessible to all with a reasonable GCSE pass at mathematics. Business attracts all students and represents a challenging, interesting and accessible A Level. Russell Group Universities value the A Level for providing breadth. The course introduces students to the world of business through building knowledge of core concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical andthoughtful approach to the study of business, understand that business behaviour can be studies from a range of perspectives and challenge assumptions.

How is it assessed?

All work in Business Studies is assessed against these 4 Assessment Objectives.

AO1: Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an

understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.

AO2: Application

Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations

are affected by and respond to issues.

AO3: Analysis

Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of

external and internal influences.

AO4: Evaluation

Evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence‐based

solutions to business issues.

This is a linear qualification with all exams undertaken at the end of 2 years.

Year 12

Year 1 Topics

  • 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

Year 13

Year 2 Topics

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Exams in summer of year 13:

  • Paper 1 ‐ Written exam: 2 hours based on all content, 33.3% of A‐level. Three compulsory sections: Section A has 15 multiple choice questions; section B has short answer questions; sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two)
  • Paper 2 ‐ Written Exam: 2 hours based on all content, 33.3% of A‐Level. Three data response compulsory questions made up of three or four part questions.
  • Paper 3 ‐ Written exam:2 hours based on all content, questions based on one compulsory case study, 33.3% of A‐level.

Exam Board: AQA

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