Business Studies

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Exam Board: AQA in Conjunction with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

If you want to explore and be challenged by the day to day problems faced by any business, then this course is for you!

As a member of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy you will be planning, running and developing your own business.

Who is it for?

Students who have a genuine interest in, and enthusiasm for, investigating the world of business and its impact on society in general as well as finding out about the key functions within a business. Also if anyone interested in a business related career.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements, if you have studied GCSE business you will be expected to have gained a grade 4. However, GCSE business studies is not a prerequisite for this course. Business studies can be taken with either economics or accounting but not both as they are in the same 'family' of subjects.

Course content

Year 12 will be introduced to key business areas: marketing, operations, finance and human resource management. This includes a special focus on decision-making – particularly how decisions made in one area can affect the rest of the business. In Year 13 students will undertake an investigation of the strategic decisions that all businesses have to make.

Topic 1 – What is business?

Topic 2 – Managers, leadership and decision making

Topic 3 – Decision making to improve marketing performance

Topic 4 – Decision making to improve operational performance

Topic 5 – Decision making to improve financial performance

Topic 6 – Decision making to improve human resource performance

Topic 7 – Analysing the strategic position of a business

Topic 8 – Choosing the strategic direction

Topic 9 – Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

Topic 10 – Managing strategic change

Weekly commitment

Approximately five hours of classwork which will combine the course content with time for the students to plan and develop their own business. Outside of the timetabled lessons students will be expect to complete weekly homework, complete tasks to establish their own business and trade.

Students are encouraged to watch news programmes, visit websites such as and keep up-to-date with the business news so they can apply it to their studies.

There is no coursework.

Additional Costs

Recommended course text books:

AQA A-Level Business For A-Level Year 1 and AS – £25.99
AQA A-Level Business 2 - £25.99

Recommended Workbooks:

AQA Workbook 1 Topics 1.1 – 1.3 (Year 1) - £5.99
AQA Workbook 2 Topics 1.4 – 1.6 (Year 1) - £5.99
AQA Workbook 3Topics 1.7 – 1.8 (Year 2) - £5.99
AQA Workbook 4 Topics 1.9 – 1.10 (Year 2) - £5.99

Additional Costs

Occasional visits may need to be financed.

Career Prospects

Advanced level business studies can lead to a number of associated courses at higher education such as accounting and finance, HRM, management, retail management, international business and many more. It also provides a great foundation for entering the world of work.

Further information contact:

Mrs C Denny, Mr W Greenwood, Miss N Kali, Ms M Withers