Business is front-page news. How companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of business to a new generation.

The new specification enables you to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of businesses.

The AS Course includes the following topics:
1. What is business?
2. Managers, leaders 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.

The A Level incorporates the same six topics as AS, plus the following additional topics:

1. Analysing the strategic position of a business.
2. Choosing strategic direction.
3. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
4. Managing strategic change.

You will develop useful skills in problem solving, decision making and critical analysis which will
help in higher education or a career.

Both the AS and A level assess quantitative skills, making up a minimum of 10% of the overall
marks. The skills tested include ratios, averages, fractions, percentages and calculation of profit
and loss.


Stand-alone AS
Two written papers worth 50% of AS. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes in length.
Paper 1: Two compulsory questions, including multiple choice, short answer questions and data
response questions.
Paper 2: One compulsory case study, consisting of seven questions.

A Level
Three written papers each worth 33.3% of the A level. Each paper is 2 hours in length.
Paper 1: Multiple-choice questions, short answers and two essays.
Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions.
Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.

You are invited to attend revision workshops at key points in the course. These are held at a
variety of locations around the UK and are tailor made to the AQA course. In addition, experts visit the
school to share their real life experiences in the world of business.

Business Blog

We have a school blog for Business which can be found on the link BUSS4

Elise Elliston – Teacher of Business
Emma Lilley - Teacher of Business