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Business Studies

A-level Business Studies helps students:

  • develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value
  • be aware that business behaviour can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders
  • acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving
  • be aware of the current structure of business and business practice.

Business Studies introduces students to a range of challenges and issues faced when starting a new business.  They will cover the key areas of finance, marketing, HR and operations as well as investigating case studies to see how successful business strategies have been implemented.  Finally they will look at changes in the broad business environment and how businesses respond to these challenges.  At FCHS, we follow the AQA specification.

The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today's society, through key contemporary developments such as digital technology, business ethics and globalisation topics.

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision-making
  • Decision-making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision-making to improve operational performance
  • Decision-making to improve financial performance
  • Decision-making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Exam Structure

AS Assessments

Paper 1: Business 1

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes • 80 marks in total • 50% of AS

Paper 2: Business 2

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes • 80 marks in total • 50% of AS

A2 Assessments

Paper 1: Business 1

Written exam: 2 hours • 100 marks in total • 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Business 2

Written exam: 2 hours • 100 marks in total • 33.3% of A-level Questions

Paper 3: Business 3

Written exam: 2 hours • 100 marks in total • 33.3% of A-level

Business enables students to go on to a range of degree courses including Marketing, Public Relations, Finance and Accounting, Sociology and Law. Many of our students enjoy the subject so much that they want to read it at university. Students study a variety of courses including Business and Management at a range of universities around the countries.