The 2-year course AQA Business includes 10 Units. The course includes relevant Business Topics which are regularly updated to accommodate the changes in the Political and economic environments. The teaching demonstrates the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories, and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations to provide relevant assessments and marking models.
The department uses a range of assessment materials such as question papers including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essays, and case studies so that students feel more confident and engage with the questions. Real life case studies are used in lessons wherever possible to make it easier for students to relate to and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout the 2-year course.
What does the course look like?
Students will learn about business in a variety of contexts, including large and small UK focused and global and service and manufacturing businesses.
They will 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 issues
- the factors that might determine whether a decision is successful e.g. the quality of data and the degree of uncertainty
- how technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
- the impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
- use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making (including the interpretation of index numbers and calculations such as ratios and percentages
This is explored through the following units:
- 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
- Analysing the strategic position of a business
- Choosing strategic direction
- Strategic methods; how to pursue strategies
- Managing strategic change
The A level course is assessed over three written papers of 2 hours each:
- Paper 1 – written examination containing 15 multiple choice questions, short answer questions and two essay questions. 100 marks in total.
- Paper 2 – three data response questions. 100 marks in total.
- Paper 3 – One case study followed by approximately 6 questions. 100 marks in total.
All papers have equal weighting of 33%.