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Business AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade

Course content

AS level content

The AS course includes the following topics.

1. What is business?

2. Managers, leadership and decision making.

3. Decision making to improve marketing performance.

4. Decision making to improve operational performance.

5. Decision making to improve financial performance.

6. Decision making to improve human resource performance. 


A-level content

The A-level incorporates the same six topics as AS, plus the following additional topics:

1. Analysing the strategic position of a business.

2. Choosing strategic direction.

3. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.

4. Managing strategic change. 


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

  • Class discussions and presentations
  • Research and independent learning
  • Analysis of data
  • Answering challenging questions


Skills you will need:

  • Self-motivation
  • Interest in the business world
  • Independent learning and self-organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Critical analysis and evaluation
  • Mathematical skills for example percentage change


Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.


AS level assessment


Assessment is by two one-and-a-half hour written exams at the end of the course.


Paper 1: Two compulsory sections, including multiple choice, short answer questions and data response questions.

Paper 2: One compulsory case study consisting of seven questions.


A-level assessment


The A-level is assessed by three two hour written exams at the end of the course.


Paper 1: Multiple-choice questions, short answer and two essays.

Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions.

Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.


Testing quantitative skills


  • Both the AS and A-level assess quantitative skills, making up a minimum of 10% of the overall marks.
  • The skills tested include ratios, averages, fractions, percentages and calculation of profit and loss.
  • These are linear qualifications. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all exams in May/June in a single year.
  • All assessments must be taken in the same series

Future opportunities

A Level Business is welcomed by universities. It also provides an insight to the business world for students who wish to progress to courses and apprenticeships in fields such as; business, marketing, accounting, events management and many others. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.