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  • A-Level Business Studies (Last Exam 2016)

    Business is the pulsing heart of the world. It’s a thrilling and dynamic subject that can lead to a high flying career or all the opportunity available  to an entrepreneur. Employers highly prize those who have an understanding of how businesses really work.

    • Course Description

      A Level Business Studies

      Course code: HSAL19

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 12 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Business Studies

      Awarding body: AQA Business is the pulsing heart of the world. It’s a thrilling and dynamic subject that can lead to a high flying career or all the opportunity available to a successful entrepreneur.

      Employers highly prize those who have an understanding of how businesses really work. It’s no longer just enough to be great at your job, you need to understand how that job fits into the wider framework of the company and how that company can succeed as a business.

      This A Level Business course will give you that fundamental understanding.

    • Business studies course overview

      Students of the A Level Business course will gain an in-depth understanding of business models. You’ll explore human resources and business management issues as well as developing practical applications of the concepts you learn.

      Preparing you for further study in the field, giving you a through foundation, or building some new skills to see how your small business could grow.

      Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A level Business qualification.

      Skills gained

      • Appreciation for the dynamic nature of the contemporary business world.
      • The ability to research business issues.
      • The honing of a full range of academic skills.
      • How to explore and approach real business institutions.
      • The practical application of business concepts.
      • Entrepreneurism and how this fits into business society.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 4 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: BUSS1 Planning and financing a business

      Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

      Unit 2: BUSS2 Managing a business

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      A2 Level

      Unit 3: BUSS3 Strategies for success

      Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

      Unit 4: BUSS4 The business environment and managing change

      Written examination: 1 hours 45 minutes

      Course content

      Unit 1: Planning and financing a business

      Module 1: Business start-up guide

      Module 2: How to finance a small businesses

      Unit 2: Concepts of business management

      Module 1: Financial management

      Module 2: Importance of human resources

      Module 3: Operations management

      Module 4: Marketing and competitive environment

      Unit 3: Strategies for success

      Module 1: Functional objectives and strategies

      Module 2: Financial strategies and accounts

      Module 3: Marketing strategies

      Module 4: Operational Strategies

      Module 5: Human resource strategies

      Unit 4: The business environment and managing change

      Module 1: Corporate aims and objectives

      Module 2: Assessing changes to the business environment

      Module 3: Change management

      Recommended reading

      AS Business Studies for AS

      Marcouse, I, Gillespie, A, Surridge, M, Brewer, M, Watson, N, Birchall, N and Hammond, A, Hodder Education

      ISBN: 978-0340958643

      AQA Business Studies for A2

      Marcouse, I et al, Hodder Education

      ISBN: 978-0340973578


      The AQA A Level Business qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers are successfully completed. The first two exams make up the AS Level, the second two comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level.

      These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them.

      These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months.However the last exam for this course is in 2016.

      They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it.

      You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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