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Assessment structure

Paper 1

AQA – A-level Business

Edexcel – A-level Business

Business 1

Marketing, people and global business

Written exam

Written exam

2 hours

2 hours

100 marks (33.3% of A-level)

100 marks (35% of A-level)

Paper 2

AQA – A-level Business

Edexcel – A-level Business

Business 2

Business activities, decisions and strategies

Written exam

Written exam

2 hours

2 hours

100 marks (33.3% of A-level)

100 marks (35% of A-level)

Paper 3

AQA – A-level Business

Edexcel – A-level Business

Business 3

Investigating business in a competitive environment

Written exam

Written exam

2 hours

2 hours

100 marks (33.3% of A-level)

100 marks (30% of A-level)

Subject content

Paper 1

AQA – A-level Business

Edexcel – A-level Business

Section A:

Multiple choice questions, worth 15 marks.

Section B:

Short answer questions, worth 35 marks.

Sections C and D:

Two essay questions (there is a choice of one from two for each essay), worth 25 marks each.

  • 3.1 What is business?
  • 3.2 Managers, leadership and decision making
  • 3.3 Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • 3.4 Decision making to improve operational performance
  • 3.5 Decision making to improve financial performance
  • 3.6 Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • 3.7 Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • 3.8 Choosing strategic direction
  • 3.9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • 3.10 managing strategic change

Questions will be drawn from the below themes and from local, national and global contexts.

  • 1.1 Meeting customer needs
  • 1.2 Market
  • 1.3 Marketing mix and strategy
  • 1.4 Managing people
  • 1.5 Entrepreneurs and leaders
  • 3.1 Business objectives and strategy
  • 3.2 Business growth
  • 3.3 Decision-making techniques
  • 3.4 Influences on business decisions
  • 3.5 Assessing competitiveness
  • 3.6 Managing change

Paper 2

AQA – A-level Business

Edexcel – A-level Business

Three data response compulsory questions worth approximately 33 marks each and made up of three or four part questions.

Content as Paper 1.

Questions will be drawn from the below themes and from local, national and global contexts.

  • 2.1 Raising finance
  • 2.2 Financial planning
  • 2.3 managing finance
  • 2.4 Resource management
  • 2.5 External influences
  • 3.1 Business objectives and strategy
  • 3.2 Business growth
  • 3.3 Decision-making techniques
  • 3.4 Influences on business decisions
  • 3.5 Assessing competitiveness
  • 3.6 Managing change

Paper 3

AQA – A-level Business

Edexcel – A-level Business

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Content as Paper 1.

Section A:

Assesses the context of the pre-release material.

Section B:

Focuses on one strand of the pre-release material.

The paper comprises two sections.

Students answer all questions from both sections.

Sections A and B each comprise one data response question broken down into

a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding from the following themes:

  • 1.1 Meeting customer needs
  • 1.2 Market
  • 1.3 Marketing mix and strategy
  • 1.4 Managing people
  • 1.5 Entrepreneurs and leaders
  • 2.1 Raising finance
  • 2.2 Financial planning
  • 2.3 managing finance
  • 2.4 Resource management
  • 2.5 External influences
  • 3.1 Business objectives and strategy
  • 3.2 Business growth
  • 3.3 Decision-making techniques
  • 3.4 Influences on business decisions
  • 3.5 Assessing competitiveness
  • 3.6 Managing change
  • 4.1 Globalisation
  • 4.2 Global markets and business expansion
  • 4.3 Global marketing
  • 4.4 Global industries and companies (multinational corporations)

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