A-Level Business is a popular choice amongst Sixth Formers. It builds on the foundations of GCSE but it is available for students to begin as a new subject. The focus of study is the analysis of business decisions and understanding how success in a business is affected by both internal and external influences.
The AQA specification is followed which requires students to examine case studies from real-world businesses. Logical and critical thinking skills are essential to succeed as well as numerical ability to handle financial information. The specification is split into five units studied at AS level in Year 12 and four further units for the full A Level in Year 13.
The aims of these specifications are to encourage candidates to:
develop an enthusiasm for studying business;
gain a holistic understanding of business;
develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society's needs and wants;
understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives;
generate enterprising and creative solutions to business problems and issues;
be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals;
acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, challenging assumptions and quantifying and managing information
The following units are studied at AS level.
(There are 2 papers, each account for 50% of AS)
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 performanceDecision making to improve human resource performance
The following units are studied at A2 level
(There are 3 papers, each account for 33.3% of A2)
Analysing the strategic position of a business
Choosing strategic direction
Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Managing strategic change