Sir William Perkins's School Sixth Form Prospectus - Other - Page 21
Exam Board: AQA
- London 'Industries in Action' trip.
- Brooklands Museum (Engineering
projects / Concorde study).
Business A level covers a wide range of topics giving students a broad understanding of business management. It explores
and analyses different strategic options available to businesses. Students are given specific case studies to investigate,
making assumptions and critical decisions as they would in business. Throughout the course students will also explore the
impact of changes in the external environment on businesses.
The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in business, entrepreneurship, current affairs, or the impact of global
change in the market-place. It is also suitable for those who want to learn more about the techniques that businesses use
to maximise their profitability.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Year 1: What is a business? Managers, leadership and decision making. Decision making to improve marketing,
operational, financial and human resource performance.
Year 2: Analysing the strategic position of a business. Choosing strategic direction. Strategic methods: how to pursue
strategies and managing strategic change.
UNIVERSITY / CAREERS
An A level Business qualification provides a platform for access to a huge range of opportunities both at university and
directly into industry. Any business-related career is in play. Combine the course with a language for truly global
opportunities or with IT or DT to give options to work in a more creative field. Some of the areas employing business
graduates are accountancy, advertising, banking, investment and financial services, general management, human
resources, management consultancy, public relations or retail management.
Assessment is largely based on data response and essay questions. However, both AS and A level also assess quantitative
skills, making up a minimum of 10% of overall marks. Therefore grade 6 or above is required in Maths and English GCSE.
Multiple-choice questions, short answer and
Three compulsory data response questions.
One compulsory case study consisting of six