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The AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into 10 topic across two years and consists of three externally examined papers. Students explore the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations.

The content 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 and will examine a wide range of Businesses in the real world in detailed case study analysis.

Business will give students a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they service and the process of adding value through consideration of the internal workings and management of profit-making and non profit-making organisations.

Detailed and in depth study of the external environment is also key to Business teaching at this level.Students will develop critical analysis and decision making skills and will gain an understanding of how Businesses operate, an invaluable tool that is highly regarded by employers.

Please look at this link for the Business A Level (7132) on the AQA website


Grade 6 at GCSE Business Studies plus a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English Language.  If Business has not been taken as a GCSE then a Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and English Language.

Course content & Assessment

Course Content

3.1 What is business?

3.2 Managers leaders and decision making

3.3. Decision making to improve marketing performance.

3.4 Decision making to improve operational performance.

3.5 Decision making to improve financial performance.

3.6 Decision making to improve human resources performance.

3.7 Analysing the strategic position of a business

3.8 Choosing strategic direction

3.9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

3.10 Managing strategic change


100% Examination over three papers.

Each paper is 2 hours, 100 marks and worth 33.3% of the A-level.

All 10 topic areas will be assessed across the three papers.

Enrichment & Extra-Curricular

To support students on this course we are keen to develop a deeper understanding of the business environment and the way that businesses work. BTEC students are supplementing their classroom learning with the Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge, working with businesses and charities in the Tring area on enterprise projects. Students are also supported by visits to the Bank of England Museum, Harry Potter Studio Tours and visits from various guest speakers from local businesses.

Business Studies Department

Subject Leader Mr I Holmes    
KS5 A Level Mrs D Edwards
  Mrs H Ewers
KS5 BTEC Mrs S Puma
  Miss T Morgan
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