Mrs S R Kelsall BSc Bradford, NPQSL,PGCE (Head of Department and Head of Humanities); Ms H Elliott BA Hull, GTP
Examination Body: AQA
Business Studies at A Level covers a wealth of business-related topics, such as the types of ownership, finance, objectives, leadership styles, motivation and pay, marketing, accounting and stock and quality control, as well as the understanding of economics, society and law. It is also a subject that will support progression to further study, with many pupils going on to study Business at university.
Business Studies is based on what happens in society and is therefore very practical in its approach. The course aims to enable pupils to develop critical examination skills. Pupils will have to devise their own solutions and support them with well-reasoned arguments.
There are no requirements over and above those laid down for Sixth Form entry. However, an interest in current business affairs is advantageous as theory is related to current business examples in class discussions. A willingness and ability to write extended answers is also required as issues are analysed in depth and in detail in exam questions.
Delivery and Assessment
The AS and A2 qualifications are stand alone; this means that the results from the AS qualification will not form part of the overall A2 result. However, candidates will sit the AS qualification at the end of Year 12, even if they are continuing on to A2.
It has been a challenging course so far which I have really enjoyed. There is so much new content to learn, but because we apply it to real life situations through case studies and group discussion, it has been very enjoyable.