A Level Business Studies

Exam Board: AQA 7132


The course provides a solid foundation for the further study of business in higher education as well as forming part of a good general education.  It is useful for students intending to pursue careers in any area of business.

Students engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is and does.

The course includes the following topics:-

  1. What is business?
  2. Managers, leadership and decision making.
  3. Decision making to improve marketing performance.
  4. Decision making to improve operational performance.
  5. Decision making to improve financial performance.
  6. Decision making to improve human resource performance.
  7. Analysing the strategic position of a business.
  8. Choosing strategic direction.
  9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies.
  10. Managing strategic change.


The A Level is assessed by three two hour written exams at the end of the two year course, each being equally weighted.

Paper 1: Multiple-choice questions, short answer and two essays.

Paper 2: Three compulsory data response questions.

Paper 3: One compulsory case study consisting of six questions.

 Entry requirements

No prior business studies knowledge is required to undertake this two-year course of study. Students must have an acceptable level of English language understanding (at least (I)GCSE English grade C or equivalent) as written essays are a major part of assessment.

For more information on this course, please visit http://www.aqa.org.uk