Business

Entry criteria

Guarantees a place on the course: A in Business Studies or 7 in English Language

May be accepted on the course: B in Business Studies or 6 in English Language

Board

Edexcel

Outline of the Course

AS Level:

Theme 1 – Marketing and people.

  • Meeting customer needs, the market, marketing mix and strategy, managing people, entrepreneurs and leaders.

Theme 2 – Managing business activities.

  • Raising finance, financial planning, managing finance, resource management and external influences.

A2 Level:

Theme 3 – Business decisions and strategy (this theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 2).

  • Business objectives and strategy, business growth, decision-making techniques, influences on business decisions, assessing competitiveness and managing change.

Theme 4 – Global business (this theme develops the concepts introduced in Theme 1).

  • Globalisation, global markets and business expansion, global marketing, global industries and multinational corporations.

Assessment

Paper

Type of assessment

Duration

Weighting

AS Paper 1

Examination on Theme 1 – Marketing and people.  Data response questions.  Last section is an extended open response question covering both Themes 1 and 2.

1.5 hours, 80 marks

50% of AS

 

AS Paper 2

Examination on Theme 2 – Managing business activities.  Data response questions.  Last section is an extended open response question covering both Themes 1 and 2.

1.5 hours, 80 marks

50% of AS

 

A2 Paper 1

Examination on Themes 1 & 4 – Marketing, people and global business.  Data response questions and two extended open response questions.

2 hours, 100 marks

 

35% of A2

A2 Paper 2

Examination on Themes 2 & 3 – Business activities, decisions and strategy.  Data response questions and two extended open response questions.

2 hours, 100 marks

 

35% of A2

A2 Paper 3

Examination on Themes 1-4 (synoptic paper), based on a pre-released case study – Investigating business in a competitive environment.  Data response questions and two extended open response questions.

2 hours, 100 marks

 

30% of A2