A-Level Business

Enabling Pupils To Develop Employability Skills Organisations Value

Exam Board and Specification Code: AQA 7132

Why Study Business?

A qualification in business gives pupils the chance to understand the role of business in modern society, as well as to develop an understanding of the global business environment that students may enter in their future career paths. The course is peppered with examples and case studies featuring the most recognisable brands in the world. The subject is academically challenging and enables pupils to develop the type of employability skills organisations value, including confidence in numeracy, case study analysis and forming logical decisions.

What is Covered by the Course?

Year 1 Content

What is Business?

  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance – pricing decisions, product branding and promotional tactics
  • Decision making to improve operational performance – how to structure an organisation, how to build quality and the challenges of high capacity
  • Decision making to improve financial performance – the basics of accounting, balance sheets and income statements, break-even analysis and cash flow forecasts
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance – how to motivate the workforce, what HR flow is, and how to manage workforce size

Year 2 Content

All aspects of the first year of the course are covered in addition to the following:

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business – the influences on a company mission and the difference between strategy and tactics
  • Choosing strategic direction – the use of the Ansoff Matrix
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies – internationalisation and assessing innovation
  • Managing strategic change – organisation culture and the problems with change

How is it Examined?

Year 1 - Linear course with testing at the end of the second year.

A Level - Three written papers (3 x 2hrs; each worth 33.3% of total qualification)

Related University Courses and Careers?

A range of university courses exist in business and related subjects with different pathways and placement years available to pupils within each programme of study, and it remains amongst the most popular courses in the UK. An A-Level Business qualification can lead to careers within multinational organisations in a range of fields including, finance, accounting, advertising, human resources and marketing.

Suggested Reading:

AQA A-Level Business (Wolinski and Coates)

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