Faculty: Humanities & Communication
Subject: A-Level Business Studies
Subject Leader: Miss Styler, Head of Business Studies
Staff and Responsibility: Miss Beardsmore
Exam Board: AQA / A-Level
Paper 1 – Assessed via a written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level
Three compulsory sections:
- Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQs) worth 15 marks.
- Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
- Sections C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each
Paper 2 – Assessed via written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level
Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.
Paper 3 – Assessed via written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks in total, 33.3% of A-Level
One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.
You do not need to have studied Business Studies at GCSE level in order to take this subject. However you must have at least A-Level 4/5 in English and Maths. It is important that you have a strong interest in Business Studies and want to learn how a business is organised, operates, plans and makes decisions. The qualification is designed to assess the skills of knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation.
Business Studies gives students at Trinity High School the opportunity to study a subject that will be extremely relevant to their lives when they leave school whether working for a business or in becoming an entrepreneur, as Business Studies lessons will introduce and help students to develop a range life skills. Where possible regular visits are made to local and national businesses, with guest speakers also coming into school to enhance pupils learning. All students learn through a variety of teaching strategies, that stretches their business knowledge. This is then applied in a variety of challenging case studies and practical simulations.
Potential Career Options
Business Studies is such a varied, well-respected and interesting subject that a wide range of employment opportunities and degree courses are open to students on completing the course. It combines well with a range of other subjects including Social Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and ICT. Students will have access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities in areas such as management, accountancy, banking, human resources, marketing and sales. If you are interested in the business or you want to keep your options open before making a career or degree choice, then this is the course for you.