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Assessment structure

Paper 1

AQA – A-level Business

Eduqas – A-level Business

Business 1

Business opportunities and functions

Written exam

Written exam

2 hours

2 hours 15 minutes

100 marks (33.3% of A-level)

80 marks (33.3% of A-level)

Paper 2

AQA – A-level Business

Eduqas – A-level Business

Business 2

Business analysis and strategy

Written exam

Written exam

2 hours

2 hours 15 minutes

100 marks (33.3% of A-level)

80 marks (33.3% of A-level)

Paper 3

AQA – A-level Business

Eduqas – A-level Business

Business 3

Business in a changing world

Written exam

Written exam

2 hours

2 hours 15 minutes

100 marks (33.3% of A-level)

80 marks (33.3% of A-level)

Subject content

Paper 1

AQA – A-level Business

Eduqas – 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

Section A:

Compulsory short answer questions.

Section B:

Compulsory data response questions.

  • Enterprise
  • Business plans
  • Markets
  • Market research
  • Business structure
  • Business location
  • Business finance
  • Business revenue and costs
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • People in organisations (human resources)
  • Operations management

Paper 2

AQA – A-level Business

Eduqas – 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.

Compulsory data response and structured questions.

Component 2 builds on the theory introduced in Component 1.

  • Data analysis
  • Market analysis
  • Sales forecasting
  • Analysing financial   performance
  • Analysis   non-financial performance
  • Aims and objectives
  • Strategy and   implementation
  • Decision making   models
  • Investment   appraisal
  • Special orders

Paper 3

AQA – A-level Business

Eduqas – A-level Business

One compulsory case study followed by approximately six questions.

Content as Paper 1.

Section A:

Compulsory questions based on a case study.

Section B:

One synoptic essay from a choice of three.

Students are required to integrate the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in all three components to display an holistic understanding of business activity and the environment in which they operate.

  • Change
  • Risk management
  • PEST factors
  • Ethical, legal and environmental factors
  • International trade
  • Globalisation
  • The European Union

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