Business Studies (A-Level)

Business Studies (A-Level)

Advanced Level Qualification

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

Students are introduced to the core business concepts and then apply them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed further across the two year course, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.

The units covered are:

  1. Business and markets (Year 12)
  2. Managing operations, human resources & finance (Year 12)
  3. Business strategy & business decision making (Year 13)

Assessment Criteria

  • Any content from section 3.1 Business and markets.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)
  • 50% of International AS; 20% of International Alevel
  • Section A has multiple choice, short answer and data
    response questions worth approximately 17 marks.
  • Section B has extended response questions worth
    approximately 27 marks.
  • Section C has extended response questions worth
    approximately 36 marks.
  • Any content from section 3.2 Managing operations,
    human resources and finance.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)
  • 50% of International AS; 20% of International Alevel
  • Section A has multiple choice, short answer and data
    response questions worth approximately 17 marks.
  • Section B has extended response questions worth
    approximately 27 marks.
  • Section C has extended response questions worth
    approximately 36 marks.
  • Any content from section 3.3 Business strategy and
    business decision making.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 30% of International Alevel Questions
  • Section A has one case study followed by four or five
    short answer and extended response questions worth
    approximately 40 marks.
  • Section B has one case study followed by four or five
    short answer and extended response questions worth
    approximately 40 marks
  • Any content from section 3.3 Business strategy and
    business decision making.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 30% of International Alevel
  • Section A has extended response questions worth
    approximately 36 marks
  • Section B has one case study followed by short answer
    questions and a business report worth approximately 44
    marks
  • Exam Board Oxford AQA
  • Course Code 9625
  • AS Available Yes
  • Entry Requirements Grade 6 in GCSE Business
  • Exam Papers
  • Course Work No
  • Prior Study Compulsory

Course Progression & Additional Information

Students can progress to higher education courses such as business management, business administration, accountancy and finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, tourism management and international business. Students with A level Business Studies have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities ranging from banking, sales, product management and general management to working in public sector organisations or charities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include the important business skills of decision making and planning. You can start a career in business armed with an excellent knowledge of how businesses operate. In particular, you will have a head start in careers within accountancy, marketing and human resources. Business Studies combines well with a range of social science, humanities and
mathematics subjects to lead to university subjects in such areas as business, economics, law and accountancy.

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