Courses Followed

 Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

GCSE AQA Business Studies

GCSE AQA Business Studies Specification.pdf

Students will consider the practical application of business concepts. The units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts in the most relevant way, through the context of events in the business and economic world. The knowledge and skills gained from this specification will provide your students with a firm foundation for further study.

Assessments

Paper 1: Influences of operations and HRM on business activity What's assessed • Business in the real world • Influences on business • Business operations • Human resources

How it's assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • 90 marks • 50% of GCSE Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

Paper 2: Influences of marketing and finance on business activity What's assessed • Business in the real world • Influences on business • Marketing • Finance

How it's assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • 90 marks • 50% of GCSE Questions

  • Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
  • Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
  • Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks

 

 Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

A Level AQA Economics

 A Level AQA Economics Specification.pdf

A-level Economics will give students an excellent understanding of how economies allocate their scarce resources to meet the needs and wants of their citizens. Students will develop a greater understanding of the economic problems which face individuals, firms and governments on a local, national and global level and the alternative ways these problems can be resolved. Students will investigate microeconomic topics such as how individual decisions impact economic outcomes, the importance of competition, how markets operate and why they fail and how the distribution of income and wealth is affected. At the same time students will learn about macroeconomics, looking at the ‘big picture’ of how our national economy fits into the global context, the global impact of financial markets and monetary policy and the operation of the international economy.

A-level Economics content

Over this two year course, students will study areas and topics drawn from both micro and macroeconomics.

Microeconomics:

• the economic problem and economic methodology • individual economic decision making • price determination in a competitive market • production, costs and revenue • perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly • the labour market • the distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality • the market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets.

Macroeconomics:

• the measurement of macroeconomic performance • how the macroeconomy works • economic performance • financial markets and monetary policy • fiscal policy and supply-side policies • the international economy.

A-level assessment

At the end of the two year course, students  will sit three two hour written exams – each exam will be worth one third of the A-level. Paper one will cover markets and market failure, paper two will cover the national and international economy and paper three will draw on material from the whole course. The papers will feature a range of question styles including: • multiple choice questions • short answer questions • essay questions • data response questions • case studies.

 A Level AQA Business Studies

A Level AQA Business Studies Specification.pdf

This A-level Business course introduces students to all they need to know about working in business, providing a solid foundation for further study. With a focus on helping students  to become good decision makers, they’ll learn essential managerial skills, alongside techniques to help thembecome analytical problem solvers. These skills are all highly sought after and valued in a wide range of careers.

A-level Business content

Year 12 (first year) An introduction to key business areas: marketing, operations, finance and human resource management. This includes a special focus on decision making – particularly how decisions made in one area can affect the rest of the business. Content: 

Topic 1 – What is business? Topic 2 – Managers, leadership and decision making Topic 3 – Decision making to improve marketing performance Topic 4 – Decision making to improve operational performance Topic 5 – Decision making to improve financial performance Topic 6 – Decision making to improve human resource performance

Year 13 (second year) An investigation of the strategic decisions that all businesses have to make. Content:

Topic 7 – Analysing the strategic position of a business Topic 8 – Choosing the strategic direction Topic 9 – Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies Topic 10 – Managing strategic change

A-level assessment

 A-level assessment consists of three two hour written exams taken at the end of the two year course. Each exam will be worth a third of the A-level. All three papers will draw on material from the whole course, and will feature a range of question styles including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, essay questions, data response questions and case studies.