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Business Studies A Level at Ripon Grammar School

Course description

The courses follow the new AQA specifications for both AS and A-level. These courses introduce students to the challenges of running a business in a competitive environment including: financial planning; marketing; managing human resources and how to respond to changes in the economy and markets. Business is a multi-disciplinary subject, including aspects of economics, basic maths and psychology. You will be encouraged to consider social, legal and ethical issues arising out of business activity from the perspective of producers, consumers and government.

Entry requirements

Students do not need to have studied Business Studies at GCSE but they need to have achieved at least six B GCSE grades including English and Mathematics. An interest in current affairs and a willingness to contribute to class discussions is expected.


AS and A-level units are examined in the summer.

Assessment in AS and A-level Business includes questions that allow students to demonstrate their ability to draw together knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study and provide extended responses.

For AS Level there are two written papers of 1 hour and thirty minutes. The Paper 1 examination is worth 50% of the total AS marks and is made up of 10 multiple choice questions, a number of short answer questions and a data response with further questions. This is marked out of 80. The Paper 2 examination is worth 50% of the total AS marks and is made up of one compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions. This is marked out of 80.

For A-level there are three written papers. All three papers are 2 hours long and worth 100 marks each. All three papers are equally weighted. Paper 1 has three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.
  • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
  • Section C has two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) each worth 25 marks.

Paper 2 has three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3 has one compulsory case study followed with approximately six questions


Future opportunities

The topics lend themselves to studying and engaging with the business world. Students should follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues.

This course helps equip students for a range of choices in higher education or work based learning.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripon Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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