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The AQA A Level in Business is a two year course. In Year 1 students will study the core areas of business including leadership & management, marketing, operations, finance and human resources.

In year 2 students will build on these functional areas and explore business strategy and the impact of internal & external factors that influence the strategic direction of business. 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.

Studying A Level 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 undertaken to enable students to gain a full understanding of how Businesses operate. All the skills and knowledge gained from this course are highly regarded by both universities and employers.

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


Grade 5 in GCSEs in English and Maths.  Students who have studied Business GCSE will need to achieve a grade 5 to study A Level.

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. Students supplement their classroom learning with keeping up to date with news and development in the business world, have the opportunity to participate in the Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge,  visits places of business interest and listen to guest speakers to provide insight into the wider business world.

Business Studies Department

Subject Leader Mrs S Puma
KS5 Business & Business BTEC | KS4 Business Mr G Woodwards
KS4 Business Studies & Retail Business Mr C Belony
KS4 Retail Business Mr I Rogers (Assistant Head Teacher)
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