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Exam Board and Specification Codes: Edexcel (9BS0) or AQA (7132)

Business Studies enables students to develop and understand the broad understanding of the main business concepts, such as Marketing, Finance, Operations and Human Resources. It will further enable them to apply their knowledge in the real world and understand the principles of business in today’s society.

The course will demonstrate the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations in today’s world. The course will help students to engage through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society.


What is covered by the course?

Year 1

Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 in year 1 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work.

Theme 1: Marketing and People

Students will develop a knowledge of:

· Meeting customer needs

· The market

 · Marketing mix and strategy

· Managing people

· Entrepreneurs and leaders.

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities

Students will develop an understanding of:

· Raising finance

· Financial planning

· Managing finance

· Resource management

· External influences.

Year 2

The breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2.

Students will develop an understanding of:

 · Business objectives and strategy

· Business growth

· Decision-making techniques

· Influences on business decisions

· Assessing competitiveness

· Managing change.

Theme 4: Global Business

This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1.

Students will develop an understanding of:

· Globalisation

· Global markets and business expansion

· Global marketing

· Global industries and companies (multinational corporations).


How is it examined?

A-Level Assessment

A-level assessment consists of three two hour written exams taken at the end of the two year course.

Paper 1 is worth 35% of the qualification and will assess marketing, people and global businesses. Questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts.

Paper 2 is worth 35% of the qualification and will assess business finance and operations, business decisions and strategy. Questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global contexts.

Paper 3 is worth 30% of the qualification and will assess content across all four themes. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts. For Paper 3, there is be a pre-released context document that is researched in advance of the exam


Related university courses & careers

This course will help you to become a good decision maker, you’ll learn essential managerial skills alongside techniques to help you become an analytical problem solver.  The skills that you learn are transferable across a broad range of subjects and careers.

 

This course will help you to learn most of the skills that you require to start your own business and will enable you to pursue a career in the following areas:

  • Human resources
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Finance
  • Operations
  • Management
  • Law
  • Retail

 


Suggested literature & resources

‘AQA Business for A-level’ by Ian Marcousé, Andy Hammond and Nigel Watson
AQA A-level Business Year 2 Third Edition’ by John Wolinski and Gwen Coates
‘AQA Business for A-level Year 2’ by Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie


Lower School

Kensington Park School (Years 7-11),
40-44 Bark Place,
London,
W2 4AT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7616 4400


Sixth Form

Kensington Park School Sixth Form,
59 Queen's Gate,
South Kensington, London,
SW7 5JP, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7225 0577


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