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Business Studies

Subject: Business Studies
Contact: Mrs A Watts

Overview

At Key Stage 5, we follow the AQA Business syllabus (7131/7132). By taking a holistic approach to the subject, we demonstrate the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. The syllabus content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society; students will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology, and business ethics and globalisation, as well as classical business theories such as those of Taylor and Mayo. Throughout KS5, a central focus is on developing and enhancing examination skills at level 3. Students have approximately nine lessons per fortnight taught by Mrs Watts.  

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

  1. What is Business?
  1. Managers, leadership and decision making
  1. Decision making to improve marketing performance
  1. Decision making to improve operationalperformance
  1. Decision making to improve financialperformance
  1. Decision making to improve HRperformance

Year 13

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

 Revision

Assessment components

AS

Paper 1: Business 1

Paper 2: Business 2

What’s assessed

1 – 6 above

What’s assessed

1 – 6 above

How is it assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks

50% of AS

How is it assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

80 marks

50% of AS

Questions

Section A – 10 multiple choice questions worth 10 marks

Section B – short answer questions worth approximately 20 marks

Section C – two data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 25 marks

Questions

One compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions

A-level

Paper 1: Business 1

Paper 2: Business 2

Paper 3: Business 3

What’s assessed

All content above

What’s assessed

All content above

What’s assessed

All content above

How is it assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks

33.3% of A-level

How is it assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks

33.3% of A-level

How is it assessed

Written exam: 2 hours

100 marks

33.3% of A-level

Questions

Section A – 15 multiple choice questions worth 15 marks

Section B – short answer questions worth 35 marks

Section C and D – two essay questions (choice of one from two for each section) worth approximately 25 marks each

Questions

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

Questions

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions

Enrichment opportunities

Business exam skills support : Wednesdays 3-4pm

Business Controlled Assessment Support : Mondays 3-4pm

Useful websites to support learning

BBC Bitesize website
Tutor 2 U website
AQA exam Board website website
WJEC / CBAC exam board website website