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Business Studies AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

Business is front-page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of Business to a new generation. 

The new AQA specification enables students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does.

A good standard of literacy and numeracy skills are vital for success in this qualification; the learning and the assessments involve considerable comprehension and extended writing and the financial elements demand strong core numeracy capability. At least 10% of the assessment is quantitative (numerical) and the skills tested include: ratios, averages, fractions, percentages and calculation of profit and loss. 

Course content


The AS course includes the following topics:

What is business?

  • Managers, leadership and decision making.
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance.
  • Decision making to improve operational performance.
  • Decision making to improve financial performance.
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance.


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

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business.
  • Choosing strategic direction.
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
  • Managing strategic change.


AS Level

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

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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years