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Girls’ School

Business KS5

Year 12 - A-Level Business (AQA)

The aim of this course is to develop a critical understanding of business organisations from a variety of perspectives. This involves the consideration of the internal workings and management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic external environment. Students will also acquire a range of skills including problem solving, decision-making, teamwork and critical thinking.


Students are expected to take notes, write essays and reports, analyse case studies, evaluate different kinds of data, research and read as widely as possible. The importance of reading newspapers and listening to or watching news and current events programmes is stressed and developments in any area relevant to businesses are always discussed as they occur. Working individually or in groups, students are given the opportunity to make presentations and put forward their own ideas and strategies.


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

Year 13 - A-Level Business (AQA)

For a full A-Level, the same content is re-examined in different ways. (See below).


The same as AS level topics 1-6 (see above), plus:

7. Analysing the strategic position of a business

8. Choosing strategic direction

9. Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies

10. Managing  strategic change