LEVEL: 3 A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM
This course provides an insight into the diverse range of activities businesses engage in. Focusing on businesses in a variety of different contexts you will discover how local, national and global businesses run. This course has a clear focus on leadership and decision making and is suitable for individuals who have a general interest in the business world as well as individual’s that imagine a future as self-employed or in a managerial position.
Possible future career paths include Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, Finance and General or Commercial Management.
This course can give you the tools and information required to understand how businesses are created, managed and become successful. Working with case studies based on real businesses, you are encouraged to develop an independent and entrepreneurial approach to problem solving, business analysis and evaluation.
You will develop both your written and oral communication and a range of transferable skills such as numerical and analytical skills, decision making and problem solving. You will be expected to write extended essays and learn a range of theoretical business models and numerical formulas. This course has a balance of written and essay based activities and therefore compliments a range of A Level options.
In Year 1 you will study a range of business objectives and look at how a business operates in the external environment. There is a clear focus on decision making and you will investigate a range of functional areas such as Human Resources, Marketing, Operations and Finance. In Year 2 you will be introduced to higher level and strategic decision making within a business. There is a focus on how businesses are positioned within the market and they manage strategic change.
On this course you will study the following topics:
- Understanding the nature and purpose of business
- Managers, leadership 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
- Analysing the strategic position of a business
- Choosing strategic direction
- Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
- Managing strategic change
Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English (Language or Literature).
How will I be assessed in A Level Business?
There is no coursework for Business A Level and you will be assessed on 3 final exams that are each two hours long. There are considerable demands in terms of extended essay writing, including analysis and higher level evaluation. In addition there is a significant amount of mathematical content and numerical calculations linked to business activities.
Will I be expected to keep up to date with Business and current affairs?
Yes, you will be asked to review Business case studies and current affairs on a regular basis. You will be expected to apply your knowledge, business models and theories to current business events and the political and economic environment.
I chose Business A Level to gain an insight on how the average company would go about day-to-day operations and how they function as a whole. I was worried it wouldn’t be for me but the relationships I’ve made with students and my teacher has helped me feel that it is the right lesson for me and can help me in future projects whether I decide to go down a business-specific route or not. I believe Business will help massively in any career path you choose to go on.
Jacob Bell, Business A Level student