Why study Business Studies?
What leadership style does Mark Zuckerburg adopt and why? With the rapid expansion
of Amazon over the past 20 years, will their market dominance continue or will their
bold tactical management strategies cause their bubble to burst?
This new AQA specification introduces students to the challenges and issues of starting
a business, including effective financial planning. It then focuses on how established
businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a
functional level – whether they are a local, national or globalised organisation.
Course Content and Assessment
Year one units:
• What is business?
• Managers, leaders 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
Year two will continue to encompass the AS content above,
and the following unit:s
• Analysing the strategic position of a business
• Choosing strategic direction
• Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
• Managing strategic chance
The A level is assessed by three written examinations (2 hours
each), each worth 33.33% in May/June of Year 13.
* Paper 1: 2 hr written paper consisting of multiple choice
questions, short answer questions and one essay.
* Paper 2: 2 hr written paper consisting of three data response
* Paper 3: 2 hr written paper consisting of approximately six
questions based on one case study.
Extending Your Experience
Every year you will have the opportunity to participate in field
trips and attend lectures and workshops that allow you to
extend your wider business understanding and gain hands-on
experience within large organisations. These trips include
visits to New York City, Jaguar Land Rover (Solihull), London
and Bristol (Strong Foundations Business Studies conference).
Students also have the opportunity to take part in national
Business competitions including the Student Investor
Challenge (www.studentinvestor.org) and BASE (www.
Entry Requirements :
Whilst no previous Business or Economics
qualification is necessary in order to take AS Business,
there is the minimum entry requirement of five grade
A*-C GCSEs. At least a grade B in English is preferred -
Business Studies is a Social Science subject, therefore
has the requirement to be able to structure essays
and independently produce extended writing/
research projects. You must be a motivated individual
who is keen to work with others in paired and group
work. An interest in how a business might start
up, how it performs and is affected by society and
economic conditions on a local, national and global
context is important. You will have a genuine interest
in following the news on a weekly basis in order to
apply our theory to current business issues.
Where will this Course take me?
There is an extensive range of Business and
Management courses available at university and
many are combined with a range of other subjects
e.g. Sport Business Management, Business Economics,
Human Resource Management, Fashion Marketing
and Business Management, Cruise Management,
International Marketing Management. All are
extremely popular, making places for them very
All workplaces welcome Business students who
have gained a well-rounded understanding of the
workings of each functional area, who could then fit
into any area of the organisation. Many employers
invest in Advanced Apprenticeships in Business,
providing further training or sponsoring Apprentices
as Management Trainees.
We all come into contact with businesses, whether they're global, national or local on a daily basis. Watching adverts on TV or social media, deciding what products to buy in a supermarket or watching the news about world economies, the world of Business Studies affects our lives without most of us even realising it.
After studying International Business Management at Bournemouth University and gaining a management position in a rapidly growing national business, I enjoyed the job and the variety it provided but it didn't provide the challenge I expected. After being told by my colleagues that my patience, creativity, optimism and love of learning meant I'd make an great teacher, everything suddenly made sense - and I haven't looked back after 11 years.
Within my teaching role, I feel it's incredibly important to provide all students with the opportunity to gain real-life experiences of businesses by offering the chances to meet people from the world of business to share their insights and knowledge of their business expertise, as well as visit a range of private and public limited companies so students can apply their theory knowledge learnt within the classroom environment.