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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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Business Studies aims to provide an understanding of the internal workings of organisations, their business behaviour and the environment in which they operate.  

Business is a subject which incorporates a variety of different styles including both numeracy and literacy. 

Awarding Organisation:  AQA

Reformed/Linear A-Level:  Yes

More information: Mrs S Stevens


Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4 in English and Mathematics, C+ in Business (if studied), plus the standard Sixth Form entry requirements.



Year 12


During this year you will complete:

  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 human resource performance
Year 13


During this year you will complete:

  1. Analysing the strategic position of a business
  2. Choosing strategic direction
  3. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  4. Managing strategic change




Paper 1: Business 1 – all content assessed – 2 hour written exam

Three compulsory sections:

Section A – 15 multiple choice  questions

Section B – short answer questions

Section C and D – two essay questions     

Paper 2: Business 2 – all content assessed – 2 hour written exam

                Three data response compulsory questions made up of three or four part questions.

Paper 3: Business 3 – all content assessed – 2 hour written exam

     One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.


Post 18 Opportunities

This course will provide a foundation for students looking to move into the workplace or aiming to continue their studies with a business related degree or many other subjects at university.


Destinations of students in the last two years:

  • Nottingham Trent University – Business Management
  • Gloucester University – Marketing, Advertising and Branding
  • Winchester University – Business Management



Students are required to purchase their own text books and need a calculator.  There will also be periodic trips which will incur additional costs to help develop their understanding.