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Business: AS/A Level Business (AQA) at The Howard School

Course description

This course demonstrates the interrelated nature of business through the use of models and theories to support analysis and application to real life business scenarios. Business Studies provides pupils with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to critically assess new business developments such as globalisation and digital technology, in order to make strategic business decisions.

This is a linear qualification which is divided into AS (Year 1) and A Level (Year 2)

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.



Course content

Business Studies is a very wide and complex subject which allows for the appreciation of various contemporary business scenarios. In order to prepare pupils for the rigor of end of year examinations, pupils will be assessed on every topic in each unit. This will take the form of examination style questions including multiple choice, short answer and case study questions.

In addition, pupils will be expected complete at least three hours independent learning each week including case study questions, topic revisions and researching business current affairs to use in class discussion. We recommend all prospective pupils start to familiarise themselves with development in business through wider reading. We have found those pupils who immerse themselves in business literature often find it easier to apply business theory to real business examples which helps pupils to achieve highly in examinations.

Entry requirements

Minimum of Grade 4 in English and Maths, with an additional 3 GCSE passes at grades A*-C. Pupils must have GCSE Business Studies achieving at least grade C.


AS Business

There are 2 separate examinations

A Level

There are 3 separate examinations

Future opportunities

A Level Business allows pupils to develop the knowledge and skills required to analyse data, think critically about issues and make strategic decisions. These are all skills which are transferable to any field of study in further education and employment. Business is a widely recognised subject which goes well with most other A levels as at least some course content will be relevant.

This course is ideal for pupils who wish to be able to;

Analyse and manipulate data

Critically assess situations and make strategic decisions using evidence

Develop problem solving skills through the use of models and techniques

Challenge the limitations of data based on real business scenarios

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016

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