Business Studies

Key Stage 4

Business Studies investigates the world around you. You will look at all the different functions within a business and how they work together. What external influences can affect the ways businesses operate in the economy, and how businesses address social and environmental issues.

Business Studies should appeal to those who:
  • Have an interest in how business operates.
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences.
  • Would like to study an area that offers opportunities for a career in business.
  • Would like to learn how to make business decisions and solve business problems.
  • Wants to keep their options open – Business Studies can be a useful choice for a wide range of careers and can be combined with a wide range of subjects.
The course

Students will study Marketing, Accounting and Finance. The study of marketing focuses on the process of identifying, targeting and satisfying customers.  The finance section of this module looks at drawing up company accounts and analysing them, managing cash-flow and budgets. We also study People and Operations Management. This looks at what motivates people to work, how to manage people, different leadership styles, organisational structures and so on.

Key Stage 5

Board:  AQA

Course Aims

  • The course aims to develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value.  The internal workings and management of organisations and the process of decision making in a dynamic external environment are considered.
  • Business behaviour is studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders including customers, managers, suppliers, owners and employees.  Candidates should be aware of the external issues influencing business activity.  Business Studies draws on a variety of disciplines.
  • Candidates acquire a range of skills, including decision-making, problem solving, evaluation and, where appropriate, the measurement and management of information.
  • The course encourages students to be aware of the current structure of business and business practice in response to varying competitive environments. These organisations include: large and small; manufacturing and service; local, national and multinational; profit-making and non-profit-making.

 Course Details

 AS Level Examination

Both papers must be taken to be awarded the qualifications.

Theme 1: Marketing and People

 

Theme 2: Managing Business Activities

Meeting customer needs   Raising Finance
The Market                              Financial Planning
Marketing mix and Strategy   Managing Finance
Managing People   Resource Management
Entrepreneurs and Leaders   External Influences

Theme 4: Global Business       

                  

Theme 3: Business Decisions and Strategy

Globalisation   Business objectives and strategy
Global markets and business expansion   Business growth
Global Marketing   Decision-making techniques
Global Industries and Companies   Influences on business decisions
    Assessing competitiveness
    Managing Change

Paper 1: Marketing, People and Global Businesses

 

Paper 2: Business Activities, Decisions and Strategy

 

Paper 3: Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment

Written exam: 2 hours   Written exam: 2 hours   Written exam: 2 hours
100 marks in total   100 marks in total   100 marks in total
35% of A-level   35% of A-level   30% of A-level
Questions:   Questions:   Questions drawn from all themes:
Section A: one data response questions, including one extended open-response question   Section A: one data response questions, including one extended open-response question   Two data response questions broken down into a number of parts, each including one extended open-response question
Section B: one data response questions, including one extended open-response question   Section B: one data response questions, including one extended open-response question   This paper has pre-released context to enable students to investigate an industry of market in which businesses operate