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AS Business Studies at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

The subject content for Business is structured so that the first year of the A-level starts with a foundation topic ‘What is Business?’ and moves into decision making within the functional areas of business; marketing, operations, finance and human resources. The second year of the A-level builds on the first year by considering strategy and the impact of factors such as technology, environmental and ethical influences on strategic decision making and functional areas. The AS and A Level courses are co-teachable in that all subject content in the first year of the A-level is also all the content of the AS course. This means that both AS students and A-level year 1 students can be taught the content together with ease.


Course content

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

7. Analysing the strategic position of a business (A level only)

8. Choosing strategic direction (A level only)

9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A level only)

10. Managing strategic change (A level only)

Entry requirements

6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including English and Maths, If students have studied Business previously they should have at least a C in IGCSE/GCSE or a Merit in BTEC Business


All units are assessed by external examination consisting of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions.

AS Paper 1: Business 1 [1 hr 30 mins], consisting of 10 MCQs, short answer questions and two data response stimuli.

Paper 2: Business 2 [1 hr 30mins], consisting of one compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions.

A Level Paper 1: Business 1 [2 hours], consisting of 15 MCQs, short answer questions and two essay questions.

Paper 2: Business 2 [2 hours], consisting of three data response compulsory questions.

Paper 3: Business 2 [2 hours], consisting of One compulsory case study followed with approximately six questions.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Business can help you get started in business and go on to start up your own new business venture. However, A Level Business is not just about teaching you how to start up a new company. It is a broad qualification which will give you the skills and knowledge to progress to a range of higher education courses. As a result Business is a useful grounding for many careers including management, accountancy, law and journalism. All businesses (and other organisations like charities and hospitals) need sound business skills behind them. You could work for a corporation, or maybe a management consultancy. You may choose to specialise in a particular field of business, such as marketing, finance or human resources. Alternatively a wide range of professions now operate in a commercial environment including pharmaceuticals, engineering and ICT.

Further information

Level: AS/A level Duration: 1-2 Years Qualification: AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Business, AQA Advanced Level GCE in Business Entry Requirements: 6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including English and Maths, If students have studied Business previously they should have at least a C in IGCSE/GCSE or a Merit in BTEC Business

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ken Stimpson Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.