BUSINESS

LEVEL 3: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA

This course will give you an insight into the diverse range of activities local, national and global businesses engage in to grow and increase their profitability.

It is ideal for those with a general interest in the business world or those who imagine a future in a self-employed or managerial position.

You will look at the roles of Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, and Operations, within a business and at how the external environment can impact on business performance.

Using case studies of real businesses, you will develop an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving, business analysis and evaluation.

You will develop a range of transferable skills including oral and written communication, decision-making and goal-setting, strong leadership and teamwork, and numerical & analytical skills.

There are many competitions, virtual talks, and simulations. Past students have pitched new business ideas to industry specialists and attended virtual presentations by business experts to find out about progression into different industry sectors.

This course balances practice and theory. You will learn about different business theories and models and understand how they apply to the world of work and different industrial sectors.

 

You will study the following topics:

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership, and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing management
  • Decision making to improve operational management
  • Decision making to improve financial management
  • Decision making to improve human resource management
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

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 numerical and essay-based activities.

As a minimum, you will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4
  • plus three more GCSEs at grade 4.

There are three exams, each two hours in length. 

  • Paper 1 consists of multiple choice, short answer questions/calculations and two extended essay questions
  • Paper 2 consists of data response/case study questions made up of short answers and essays
  • Paper 3 consists of six essay questions based around an case study.

Students commonly progress onto a range of degrees including Business, Economics, Marketing, Finance & Banking, E-Business & Commerce, International Business, Accountancy, Sports Management and Business & Law.

Alternatively, students go directly onto Apprenticeships or employment. 

Potential future career paths include Marketing, Finance and Investment, Business Admin/Management, Economics, Retail, Human Resources, Distribution and Logistics, Accountancy, Sales, General or Commercial Management and Event Management.

Is there any enrichment on offer?

You can get involved in the National Student Investor Competition where you work in teams to invest virtual money in the London Stock Exchange and compete against other schools/colleges with the aim of generating the largest return on your investment.

This trading activity replicates reality, develops financial capability, and encourages engagement with the finance sector. It will provide you with a positive and practical experience of what it is like to invest in the real life stock market and develops mathematical and teamwork skills.

Other EnRICH opportunities have included Dragons Den format competitions, virtual Amazon tours, Business escape rooms, investment club and financial management group work.

“Business A level is so much more than the theory of business, we are constantly applying our knowledge to the real world and industries we are personally interested in.

“You gain such a holistic view of the subject. I highly recommend the course as lessons are very enjoyable and interactive, as well as being very useful”.
Tia

“There are a variety of methods used when learning Business at A Level so if one doesn’t suit you, another might. These include note-taking, group discussions, quizzes (online or on a whiteboard), essay questions and group projects.

“The topics I have found the most interesting are Innovation, Marketing and Strategic Positioning. This is because when you develop your understanding about these topics, it is easy to apply it to businesses you are fond of in the real world.”.
Molly

“After I started learning Business, I found myself more observant of how firms around me work and what marketing strategies they used to target me.

“One of the best parts is when I can apply the knowledge I learnt to my daily life, such as comparing the food delivery services of different companies, discovering what traits make their services stand out more, leading to their relative performances.”.
Alicia

“We are given the opportunity to work in groups where we can use our creative skills and apply them to real-life business! 

In particular, I enjoy learning about all the different models such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as it’s a great visual tool in understanding what decisions businesses should take in order to grow.

I would definitely recommend studying Business as you receive a great balance of learning tricky concepts whilst partaking in group work and researching real life businesses and how they operate”.
Charlotte