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Business Studies AS & A Level at Barking Abbey School

Course description

The A Level course has the following features:

  • Clear and coherent structure – four engaging and up-to-date themes, assessed through three externally examined papers.
  • Continuous progression – students are introduced to core business concepts and develop a broad understanding of how businesses work before they consider the decision-making tools that help business people move towards a more scientific approach to management.
  • Helps develop a holistic understanding of business – students investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues. Building on this, and by using both qualitative and quantitative methods, they are encouraged to take a more strategic view of their decisions and recommendations.
  • Provides a real business focus – the new specification content encourages students to contextualise the theory and respond to real-life business case studies and evidence in the assessments.
  • Reflects today’s global world – in the second year of study, students develop an understanding of current global issues that impact on business, preparing them for their next steps in today’s global world. Develops transferable skills for progression to higher education – students will develop a multitude of skills, including numeracy, communication and an understanding of research methodology in order to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.
  • Supports progression from KS4 – the content builds on the understanding developed at KS4, avoiding unnecessary repetition while also ensuring that learners new to the subject are appropriately supported.


Course content

The course encourages candidates to acquire a range of important and transferable skills. Data skills candidates will be expected to manipulate data in a variety of forms and to interpret their results. Presenting arguments and making judgements and justified recommendation on the basis of the available evidence. Recognising the nature of problems, solving problems and making decisions using appropriate business tools and methods. Planning work; taking into account the demands of the task and the time available to complete it. Conducting research into a specific theme in preparation for one or more tasks and challenging their own assumptions using evidence that has become available.

The course is delivered through formal teaching, discussion, using newspaper articles and case studies. You will be expected to keep up to date with current business affairs and familiarise yourself with the core text outside of the classroom. You will be expected to participate in presentations and group work.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B and above in English and B in Maths. Grade C in Business if taken at GCSE


AS Level

  • Paper 1: Marketing and People
    (Theme 1)
    80 marks, 90 minutes
    50% of qualification
  • Paper 2: Managing Business Activities
    (Theme 2)
    80 marks, 90 minutes
    50% of qualification

A Level

  • Paper 1: Marketing, People and Global Business
    (Theme 1 and 4)
    100 marks, 2 hours
    35%of A Level
  • Paper 2: Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy
    (Theme 2 and 3)
    100 marks, 2 hours
    35% of A Level
  • Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment
    Questions from all themes
    100 marks, 2 hours
    30% of A Level

Future opportunities

University degrees, HNDs, Vocational Courses, Business, Management, Finance, Administration

Further information

If you require more information please contact Mrs Steadman in the Business Department or by email 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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