Business and Economics

Business and Economics are A Level subjects on offer at Key Stage 5.

Economics is highly regarded by universities and employers alike. The subject content is a blend of mathematical and essay writing skills. The logic of the economist is scientific but with an artistic twist. You will need strong mathematical and essay writing skills. It sits well with a host of other A Levels including mathematics, politics, geography and psychology.

Business Studies includes applied mathematics, application, analysis and evaluative skills. As such, it offers a gateway to many university courses and employers value the direct experience of practical business issues that the course offers. It sits well with host of other A levels including social sciences such as psychology as well as languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and English.

Key Stage 5

 

Key Stage 5
A Level Business:

In the first year students will study the four main functions of business; marketing; operations management; human resources and finance.

In the second year the focus is on the strategic issues such as growth, managing change and international expansion.

Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3
2 hours
100 marks
No case studies
Includes 15 marks of multiple choice questions and two 25 mark essays
2 hours
100 marks
Series of short case studies
Includes three 16 mark essays
2 hours
100 marks
One long case study
All questions are essays, 12-24 marks.

Exam Board: AQA specifications 7132 A Level Business

For further details please visit:
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business/as-and-a-level/business-7131-7132

A Level Economics:

Students will study both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics looks at range of topics including the price mechanism; market failure and government intervention; the labour market; poverty and inequality; behavioural economics and more. Macroeconomics is the study of economic growth, inflation, unemployment and the balance of payments and the international economy.

In both sections:

An ability to write an extended essay is essential (more than half of the marks are given for 25 mark essays) as are strong mathematical skills, especially in interpreting data and drawing and interpreting diagrams.

There are three exam papers:

In both sections:

An ability to write an extended essay is essential (more than half of the marks are given for 25 mark essays) as are strong mathematical skills, especially in interpreting data and drawing and interpreting diagrams.

There are three exam papers:

Paper 1 - Markets and market failure Paper 2 - National and international economy Paper 3 - (synoptic paper)
Economic principles and issues
2 hours
80 marks
Two 25 mark essays
2 hours
80 marks
Two 25 mark essays
2 hours
80 marks
30 marks of multiple choice questions
One 25 mark essay

Exam Board: AQA specifications 7136 A Level Economics

For further details please visit:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/economics/a-level

For further information about the Business and Economics Curriculum please contact:

Mr M Firth
Head of Business and Economics Department