Business Studies AS/A-Level at Haydon School
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.
AS LEVEL 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.
A LEVEL CONTENT
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.
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.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haydon School directly.