AS and A-level Business: updated specification and new resources available

Published: Thursday 15 Jun 2023

In March 2023, we announced the changes we’re introducing to our AS and A-level Business specification (7131, 7132) for first teaching in September 2023.

From this September, and based on your feedback, we’ve removed the additional models and theories from the subject content to make the specification more manageable for you to teach and for your students to learn. The structure of the papers and the types of questions in the exam will remain the same.

You can find the updated specification and sample assessment materials on our AS and A-level Business qualification pages.

We have also created new and updated resources to reflect the changes and support your teaching and learning.

The changes will apply to first AS exams in summer 2024 and A-level exams in summer 2025.

Curriculum Connect sessions

To help you understand the changes in more detail, we’re running free online Curriculum Connect sessions on 5 and 12 July. At these sessions, we’ll walk you through the updated specification and where to find the materials to support your teaching. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. You can register for these online sessions now:

New and updated resources

We’ve created new and updated resources to support first teaching and learning from this September:

  • Download our newly published range of student responses (answers and commentaries) on Centre Services. The exemplars have responses to questions from past papers, all with commentaries from an examiner to demonstrate how to apply the mark scheme.
  • Access updated resources to match the newly updated specification.
  • Take a look at Exampro business to help your students understand what is expected of them, and build their confidence using real exam questions – you can search, create, save and print or set onscreen assignments.

We’re continually reviewing our qualifications to make sure that they meet the demands of teachers and learners. We’d like to keep in touch about our business qualifications – make sure you sign up for subject updates.

If you have any questions you can contact us by email at or 01483 477 863.

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