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A Level Business Studies at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

This is a new two-year linear A Level course. There will be an option for students to complete an AS qualification at the end of Year 12. The AS exam is not, however, part of the full A Level course.

Course content

By taking an holistic approach to the subject, the specification demonstrates the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – they will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout the topics.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

The subject content consists of the following areas:
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
8 Choosing strategic direction
9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
10 Managing strategic change


The assessment of quantitative skills will be a minimum of 10% for both the AS and A Level qualification e.g. calculating cost, revenue and profit; calculate, use and understand ratios.

This syllabus will be introduced in 2015, and is developing into a course which is exciting and challenging and offers students every opportunity to participate in lessons in the way they might in a business. The teaching style reflects this. The AQA examination board offers a wide range of resources but the subject matter of the course means newspaper articles, Internet, news items and television programmes on business offer scope for debate and discussion, as well as the written work necessary to prepare students for the examination.

Three examinations of 2 hours each – a combination of multiple choice, short answer questions, data response and essay questions. The exams are equally weighted.

Financial information

Cost of visits to businesses. Opportunity to subscribe to Business Review magazine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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