Exam Board: AQA
Specification: GCSE Business Subjects and Economics 4130
In year 10 students will study four different modules:
They will start their research for the controlled assessment towards the end of the next year, which is worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.
In year 11 students will study a further four modules:
They will complete their controlled assessment.
Business studies is assessed as follows:
Written paper 1 - Setting up a business - 40% of the marks
Written paper 2 - Growing as a business - 35% of the marks
Controlled assessment - Investigating businesses - 25% of the marks
Exam Board: AQA
Specification: Business studies 1131 and 2131
The course introduces students to the operation of modern business enterprises. Each feature of a firm is studied with particular emphasis placed on the ability to analyse how firms are affected in different business situations.
Students do not need to have studied the subject at a lower level but they need a keen interest in the business environment and business issues generally. In particular students need:
The key modules studied are as follows:
Assessment at AS
Unit 1 - 1 hour 15 minutes - 20% of the total A level - short answer questions and extended responses based on mini case studies
Unit 2 - 1 hour 30 minutes - 30% of the total A level - compulsory, mmulti-part data response questions
Assessment at A2
Unit 3 - 1 hour 45 minutes - 20% of the total A level - questions requiring extended answers based on unseen case study drawing upon knowledge from AS units
Unit 4 - 1 hour 45 minutes - 25% of the total A level - pre-release research tasks leading to the first section of a two section examination. The second section will consist of a choice of essays. All questions will be essay style and synoptic, therefore drawing upon knowledge from all units.
What does the course combine well with?
Business studies combines especially well with economics, with many students choosing to take both. ICT also complements business studies, as many business activities involve the use of business software such as spreadsheets and databases.
Where does this course lead?
Many students choose to continue studying business studies at university either in the pure form, or in combined courses. Courses ranging from marketing, economics, management, retailing, enterprise, finance, and accountancy all draw heavily on the concepts taught in A level business studies. The subject is also proving increasingly popular as a subsidiary component of more specialist degress ranging from engineering to foreign languages (the latter also allowing for studying abroad). Overall business studies can be considered an ideal course to introduce students to the issues and problems businesses face in the real world, providing a useful basis to enter almost any occupation in the private sector.