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Business Studies AQA

The first module provides candidates with an introduction to the scope of Business Studies within the context of starting a new business. Initially we study entrepreneurship and the motivation behind enterprise; we learn about market research, business plans and the nature of the marketplace. We go on to look at financial planning especially for small business. The second module investigates all the business functions such as human resources, operations management, marketing and the competitive environment. We use real examples from the corporate world and include, wherever possible students own experience of business. The AS level ends at this point.

The A2 has two units – Strategies for Success which builds on the AS work and looks at setting objectives, measuring performance and devising strategy across all business functions. The final module is concerned with Managing Change in the business environment.

The course is taught by using lectures, debates, group work and individual learning. Textbooks are supplemented with information from newspapers, television and the internet. We undertake some practical work including, for example, field work in York.

Assessment

The course is delivered in two sections, there is no coursework. An AS level qualification will be taken at the end of College I. The Advanced GCE will be taken in the summer term of the final year.

Scheme of Assessment

AS Planning and Financing a Business:

Exam: 1 hour 15 mins: questions include short-answer and data response questions
40% of AS (20% of Advanced GCE)

AS Managing a Business:

Exam: 1hour 30 mins: questions include one six-part question and a mandatory section
60% of AS (30% of Advanced GCE)

A2 Strategies for Success:

Exam: 1 hour 45 mins: questions are based on unseen case study stimulus material. 25% of Advanced GCE

A2 The Business Environment and Managing Change:

Exam: 1 hour 45 mins: questions are based on pre-released research tasks and will include numerical data and essays. This unit is synoptic. 25% of Advanced GCE

A* is available on Advanced GCE

GCSE Requirements

Students need a good command of English. There may be some data analysis in the case studies so students must have basic numeracy.

(At Bootham we offer is subject for A level only.)

Economics OCR

Current dynamic global financial markets and the downturn in world economic growth ensure the study of Economics is up to date and relevant.
Initially students are presented with some of the basic economic problems such as resource allocation and are carefully led through basic concepts and ideas. Pupils then move on to the core components of A level Economics which are designed to encourage pupils to develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions – for instance what does the Bank of England do and what do the Monetary Policy Committee look at to decide on interest rates? Pupils also begin to apply economic theories and models to real world problems noting the values and limitations of such applications. Finally, the core components also enable pupils to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy, including studying market failure, and the role of government within it. The AS finishes at this point.

The core leads to the A2 which consists of thorough investigation of different types of markets and these may include the labour market, leisure and tourism, transport economics or development economics.

This new course will be taught in ‘lecture style’ and resources will include textbooks, newspapers and magazines, television and the internet. There will be plenty of opportunity to debate and it is expected that everyone will contribute.

Assessment

The course is delivered in two sections, there is no coursework. An AS level qualification will be taken at the end of College I. The Advanced GCE will be taken in the summer term of the final year.

Scheme of Assessment

AS Markets in Action

Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, all questions mandatory, some short answers, one question which requires extended writing
50% of AS GCE marks (25% of Advanced GCE)

AS The National and International Economy

Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, all questions mandatory, based on a base study, one
Question requires extended writing
50% of AS GCE marks (25% of Advanced GCE)

A2 The Global Economy

Exam: Questions based on pre-released stimulus material, essay style. This unit is synoptic
25% of Advanced GCE

A2 Transport Economics or Economics of Work and Leisure

Exam: Two sections including a mandatory data response and a structured question. This unit is synoptic
25% of Advanced GCE

A* grade is available at Advanced GCE

(At Bootham we offer is subject for A level only.)

 
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