A Level Business (Reformed 2015)

 

What is Business?

A level Business is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of how a business functions internally and within a dynamic external environment. Candidates are encouraged to acquire a range of important and transferable skills:

  • Data skills - manipulating data and interpreting results
  • Analysing evidence and making justified recommendations/judgements on the results
  • Planning work, conducting research and solving problems using appropriate business tools and methods
  • Challenging their own assumptions

All the above skills are, of course, a requirement of virtually any subject likely to be undertaken in Higher Education, which makes this a valuable adjunct to studying for any future career – to say nothing of the fact that almost everybody will spend their working lives in one form of organisation or another, and it makes sense to understand how organisations work.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

A level Business is a versatile subject which combines particularly well with the other business subjects and with Law, Mathematics and Modern Languages – and, of course, it suits those who see themselves as future entrepreneurs. Students opting to embark on this course need not necessarily have any previous knowledge of the subject, but should have an interest in current affairs and be numerate.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

A stimulating mixture of discussion, case studies and in-depth investigation of topics.

AS Specification Number
AQA 731 

 

Paper 1 - Business 1

Subject content:
What is business? 
Managers, leadership and decision making 
Improving marketing, operational, financial and human resource performance.

50% of AS
1 hour 30 minutes examination 
80 marks

  • Section A has 10 multiple choice questions worth 10 marks
  • Section B has short answer questions worth approximately 20 marks
  • Section C has two data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 25 marks.

Paper 2 - Business 2

Subject content:
What is business?
Managers, leadership and decision making
Improving marketing, operational, financial and human resource performance.

50% of AS
1 hour 30 minutes examination
80 marks
One compulsory case study consisting of approximately seven questions.

Reading list

TitlePublisher
A level Business Hodder Education

NB: Students will find it very valuable to keep up with current business affairs. The best way is to listen to/watch the news.
Read the business sections of a broadsheet newspaper.

  • A level Business Studies Year 1, John Wolinski and Gwen Coates. 3rd Edition
  • An Integrated Approach to Business Studies, Jewell, B Longman

A Level

MPW approach to A Level study

Explores in creative depth the topics covered in the AS modules. Extensive use is made of case studies to develop analytical and problem-solving skills.

A level specification

AQA 7132 


Paper 1 - Business 1

Subject content:
Analysing the strategic position of a business
Choosing strategic direction Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Managing strategic change

33.3 % of A-level
2 hours examination
100 marks

  • Section A has 15 multiple choice questions (MCQS) worth 15 marks.
  • Section B has short answer questions worth 35 marks.
  • Section C and D have two essay questions (choice of one from two and one from two) worth 25 marks each.

Paper 2 - Business 2

Subject Content:
Analysing the strategic position of a business
Choosing strategic direction
Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Managing strategic change

33.3% of A-level
2 hours examination
100 marks

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3 - Business 3

Subject Content:
Analysing the strategic position of a business
Choosing strategic direction
Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
Managing strategic change

33.3% of A-level
2 hours examination
100 marks

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions

Reading list

TitlePublisher
A level Business Hodder Education

NB: Students will find it very valuable to keep up with current business affairs. The best way is to listen to/watch the news.
Read the business sections of a broadsheet newspaper.

  • A level Business Studies Year 1, John Wolinski and Gwen Coates. 3rd Edition
  • A level Business Studies Year 2, John Wolinski and Gwen Coates. 3rd Edition
  • An Integrated Approach to Business Studies, Jewell, B Longman

Jonathon

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Exeter University (Business Management)

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Shivali

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
Leeds University (Dentistry)

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Annabel

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AB

Progressed to
Exeter University (International Relations and History)

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Renee

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A

Progressed to
Manchester University (Dentistry)

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Jake

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
Oxford University (Mathematics)

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Cordelia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
King’s College London (Dentistry)

MPW gave me a second chance in pursuing a career in dentistry. The small class sizes and weekly timed assessments gave me and my tutors a clear indication of my progress.  The rigorous teaching schedules, structured and tailored to my personal needs, was exactly what I needed. MPW placed heavy focus on exam technique as the key to achieving the required higher grades. Being able to talk with my tutors at any time in the day was an invaluable aid. It was also clear how much the teachers took a personal interest in the development of each individual student.

Josephine

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of Warwick (Management)

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Olivia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Bristol University (Dentistry)

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Alex

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
University of Birmingham (Law)

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