The Howard School | Sixth Form Prospectus

Business AS and A-Level Business

Subject Business Studies

Exam Board Edexcel Specification Numbers 7132

Teacher Responsible

Ms Ashbee

Introduction Business Studies is a very wide and complex subject which allows for the appreciation of various contemporary business scenarios. In order to prepare pupils for the rigor of end of year examinations, pupils will be assessed on every topic in each unit. This will take the form of examination style questions including multiple choice, short answer and case study questions. We recommend all prospective pupils start to familiarise themselves with development in business through wider reading. We have found those pupils who immerse themselves in business literature often find it easier to apply business theory to real business examples which helps pupils to achieve highly in examinations.

Aims of the Course

This course demonstrates the interrelated nature of business through the use of models and theories to support analysis and application to real life business scenarios. Business Studies provides pupils with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to critically assess new business developments such as globalisation and digital technology, in order to make strategic business decisions. This is a linear qualification which is divided into AS (Year 1) and A-Level (Year 2)

How You Are Assessed

AS Paper 1 - Examination Year 1: 1 hour 30 minutes – 50% of AS AS Paper 2 – Examination Year 1: 1 hour 30 minutes – 50% of AS A2 Paper 1 – Examination Year 2: 2 hours - 35% of A2 A2 Paper 2 – Examination Year 2: 2 hours - 35% of A2 A2 Paper 3 – Examination Year 2: 2 hours - 30% of A2

Links to Future Careers

A-Level Business allows pupils to develop the knowledge and skills required to analyse data, think critically about issues and make strategic decisions. These are all skills which are transferable to any field of study in further education and employment. Previous students have used this qualification to move into the accounting industry and have used their business skills to help them pursue a career in business management, marketing and finance.

Entry Requirement Grade 5 in GCSE Business and Grade 4 Maths and English

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