Business AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School
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
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.
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:
- Interest in the business world
- Independent learning and self-organisation
- Problem solving
- Critical analysis and evaluation
- Mathematical skills for example percentage change
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.
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
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.