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A Level Business

What is it about at sixth form level?

Business is possibly one of the most practical and topical A level subjects. It demonstrates the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations. The content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today’s society. In addition to the classic business functions you will study key contemporary developments such as digital technology and business ethics, while the impact of globalisation is covered throughout the topics.

Business is an accessible introduction to the key external and internal issues common to all businesses, which are then applied to a wide variety of businesses in different industries. It aims to develop skills similar to those required by a business analyst; these skills will be useful for further study but will also enable A level graduates to look objectively and analytically at their own or other businesses. Whilst no prior knowledge of business is required or needed, just curiosity about why, for example, Apple is one of the most successful firms in the world, how the independent cafés near you survive alongside Starbucks and in Australia for example beat Starbucks or why cigarette manufacturing has left the UK but BMW has not.

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Why study it and what skills does it develop?

Business is an accessible introduction to the key external and internal issues common to all businesses, which are then applied to a wide variety of businesses in different industries. It aims to develop skills similar to those required by a business analyst; these skills will be useful for further study but will also enable A level graduates to look objectively and analytically at their own or other businesses.

What prior knowledge and skills are required?

No prior knowledge of business is required or needed. GCSE level Maths is preferred.

How is the course assessed?

Students sitting the A level will sit two papers at the end of the first year covering all year one topics. Paper 1 (short answer and essay) contains four short answer questions and one essay from a choice of three questions. Paper 2 (data response) contains two data response questions. Both are based on AS level syllabus. At the end of the second year students will have a chance to retake these units if needed and also sit Paper 3 (case study), which contains five questions and one essay from a choice of two based on syllabus from years one and two. Paper 1 is worth 40 marks, Paper 2 is worth 60 marks and Paper 3 is worth 100 marks.

Reading

Coursebook: Cambridge International AS and A Level Business

By Surridge & Gillespie

Published by Hodder Education, ISBN: 978 1444 181 395

Access to business websites such as BBC Business news, tutor2u, Financial Times.

Exam Board and Specification Codes

A level: CIE Cambridge International 9609

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