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Business Studies

What will I learn?

The AQA course is an excellent introduction to learning about the business world and is highly regarded by all universities, as it offers a solid foundation for future study. You will learn how to become a good decision maker and analytical problem solver, as well as developing essential managerial skills. For example, you will probably work with many different people in the future and so knowledge of motivational theory will help you to work well with others and help them to achieve their full potential. For those who want to start their own business, the Marketing and Finance topics will be particularly useful.

Who should choose Business Studies?

We prefer people who study Business Studies to have Grade 6 (preferably 7) in Mathematics, Grade 5 (preferably 6) in English, and we also expect them to join the Young Enterprise Scheme run by the school. Whatever you ultimately choose to do, you will find that what you have learnt in Business Studies will help.

What other subjects go well with Business Studies?

Business Studies A Level is a good choice for all students and combines well with Science subjects, Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Languages.

Course details

A Level subject content

1. What is a 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

How will I be assessed?

Business 1

• All subject content above

• 33.33% of A Level, written exam of 2 hours, 100 marks

• Three compulsory sections:

– Section A has 15 multiple choice questions worth 15 marks

– Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks

– Section C has two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) each worth 25 marks

Business 2

• All subject content above

• 33.33% of A Level, written exam of 2 hours, 100 marks

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions

Business 3

• All subject content above

• 33.33% of A Level, written exam of 2 hours, 100 marks

• One compulsory case study with approximately six questions

Beyond the classroom

We ask all our students to join the Young Enterprise Scheme which is run jointly with Warwick School. There is also an opportunity each year for visits to relevant businesses.

For more information, please contact Mr Wood:

"It’s enjoyable and interesting and will be useful in later life." 

"Goes well with my other A Levels – Geography and Maths."

"Friendly atmosphere in lessons and a great variety of things to learn about." 

"Extra tutorial sessions are available – they are a great help." 

Current Sixth Formers