A Level Business

Business qualifications are increasingly sought after by employers, and are a great platform for higher education.This course has a wide ranging syllabus, taking in global and domestic business practices, making it an attractive option for those seeking a broad introduction to the subject.

THIS COURSE ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO:

• Develop an enthusiasm for studying business
• Gain a holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
• Develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
• Understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives generate enterprising and
creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
• Be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
• Acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging
of assumptions and critical analysis
• Apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

COURSE CONTENT:

The specification is structured into four ‘themes’, assessed across three examinations. This course has been designed to reflect this, and will take students through each theme in the following order:

Theme 1: Marketing and people

Theme 2: Managing business activities
Students will develop an understanding of:
  • Meeting customer needs
  • The market
  • Marketing mix and strategy
  • Managing people
  • Entrepreneurs and leaders
Students will develop an understanding of:
  • Raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influences

Theme 3: Business decisions and strategy

Theme 4: Global business
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2. Students will develop an understanding of:
  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • Influences on business decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Managing change
This theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1. Students will develop an understanding of:
  • Globalisation.
  • Global markets and business expansion.
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies (multinational corporations).

 

In order to attain this qualification, you must sit three examinations, details of which can be seen below:

PAPER 1: MARKETING, PEOPLE AND GLOBAL BUSINESS *PAPER CODE: 9BS0/01

Paper 1 is a written examination and will assess marketing, people and global businesses. Questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 4, and from local, national and global contexts.

Details:

  • Exam Length: 2 hours
  • Exam Weighting: 35% of the total qualification
  • Questions: The paper has two sections, A and B.
    Students answer all questions from both sections. Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response questions.
  • Marks: 100 marks in total.

PAPER 2: BUSINESS ACTIVITIES,DECISIONS AND STRATEGY *PAPER CODE:9BS0/02

Paper 2 will assess business finance and operations,business decisions and strategy. Questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 3, and from local, national and global contexts.

Details:

  • Exam Length: 2 hours
  • Exam Weighting: 35% of the total qualification
  • Questions: The paper has two sections, A and B.
    Students answer all questions from both sections.Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response questions.
  • Marks: 100 marks in total.

PAPER 3: INVESTIGATING BUSINESS IN A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT *PAPER CODE: 9BS0/03

Paper 3 will assess content across all four themes. Questions will be drawn from local, national and global contexts. For Paper 3, there will be a pre-released context document issued. A new context will be given out each year and will relate to the examination series for the following summer. The context will focus on a broad context, such as an industry or market in which businesses operate. The question paper will be in two sections.

The first section will focus on the broad context provided. This will be outlined to centres through the prereleased document. Questions will focus on the broad context.

The second section will focus on at least one strand within the context provided, such as a particular business.

Each section will contain unseen stimulus materials comprising quantitative and qualitative evidence. Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding from Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and their understanding of the broad context to this evidence. 

Students cannot take any of their research or investigation data carried out as part of the pre-release into the examination.

Details:

  • Exam Length: 2 hours
  • Exam Weighting: 30% of the total qualification
  • Questions: The paper has two sections, A and B.
    Students answer all questions from both sections. Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response questions.
  • Marks: 100 marks in total.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 academic study apply. In addition, applicants will require a Grade 5 in English and Maths.