Business – A Level


Exam Board: AQA


Structure of Course:

Students of this course will study business in a variety of contexts (e.g. large/small, UK focused/

Global, service/manufacturing) and consider:

  • The importance of the context of business in relation to decision making
  • The interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect competitiveness
  • The competitive environment and the markets in which businesses operate
  • The influences on functional decisions and plans including ethical and environmental issues
  • The factors that might determine whether a decision is successful
  • How technology is changing the way decisions are made and how businesses operate and compete
  • The impact on stakeholders of functional decisions and their response to such decisions
  • Use of non-quantitative and quantitative data in decision making

Aims and Learning Outcomes

The topics lend themselves to studying and engaging with the business world. The course will encourage students to follow business developments and think critically about contemporary business issues.

Most of the assessment material is based on real business situations. By examining and thinking critically about real business situations as they study the subject, students will gain an insight into different contexts which will help them to understand the key issues in any situation and compare and contrast this with other situations and apply their understanding.


Learners take all components (01, 02, 03 and 04) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Physical Education.

Content Overview Assessment Overview
1 What is business?

2 Managers, leadership and decision making

3 Decision making to improve marketing performance

4 Decision making to improve operational performance

5 Decision making to improve financial performance

6 Decision making to improve human resource performance

7 Analysing the strategic position of a business

8 Choosing strategic direction

9 Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

10 Managing strategic change

Paper 1

100 marks

2 hour written paper

33.3% of total A level
Paper 2

100 marks

2 hour written paper

33.3% Of total A level
Paper 3

100 marks

2 hour written paper

33.3% of total A level