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Business Studies

Exam Board: AQA

Introduction:

This course is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society – they will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, and globalisation is covered throughout the topics

This course includes questions that allow students to demonstrate their ability to draw together their knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study and provide extended responses.

The exams will measure how well students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

AO1 - Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories, methods and models to show an understanding of how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to business issues.

AO2 - Apply knowledge and understanding to various business contexts to show how individuals and organisations are affected by and respond to issues.

AO3 - Analyse issues within business, showing an understanding of the impact on individuals and organisations of external and internal influences.

AO4 - Evaluate quantitative and qualitative information to make informed judgements and propose evidence-based solutions to business issues.

Assessment

Exam Paper 1 – Business 1:

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level

Questions

Three compulsory sections:

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.
  • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
  • Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each.

Exam Paper 2 – Business 2:

written exam: 2 hours
100 marks in total
33.3% of A-level

Questions

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions

Exam Paper 3 – Business 3:

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks in total
    33.3% of A-level

Questions

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions

Before the qualification can be awarded, students must undertake all the assessments.

Career Progression

There are a wide variety of higher education courses linked to Business Studies and this qualification can also give you access to a wide variety of apprenticeships and possible job opportunities. The most popular routes after studying Business are Accountancy, Management and Financial Services however, the skills gained lend themselves to many different routes including running your own business.