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Exam Board: AQA


Unit 1 covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors that determine success.

Unit 2 focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at a functional level. Overall the subject looks at the internal functions of contemporary business organisations of all types. The dynamic external environment within which businesses operate and the effects this can have upon decision-making within a business. Major topical issues that can generate change for business firms and the ways in which businesses respond to these issues. The range of stakeholder perspectives that can be taken on business activities. Presenting arguments and making judgments and justified recommendations on the basis of the available evidence.

Recognising the nature of problems, solving problems and making decisions using appropriate business tools and methods. Planning work, taking into account the demands of the task and the time available to complete it. Challenging their own assumptions using evidence that has become available.


You must complete 2 units to achieve the AS level, both of which are assessed by a written examination. This is spread over 1 year with BUSS 1 taken in January and BUSS 2 taken during the summer.
To achieve the A2 level, you must complete a further 2 units, BUSS 3 & BUSS 4.

AS Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting

AS Unit and Content Assessment Method Weighting
Unit 1 – BUSS1 – Planning and Financing a Business 1 hour 15 minutes examination Short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study. 40% of AS
20% of A Level
Unit 2 – BUSS2 – Managing a Business 1 hour 30 minutes examination Compulsory, multi-part data response questions. 60% of AS
30% of A Level

Complementary Subjects to study at AS

English, History and Law

Student Views

Business has always been one of my keen interests and studying it at A-level has inspired and encouraged me to apply for a business course at university. With the help and encouragement from my teachers I always strive to do better. Business at A-level has not only helped me with academia, but it has also improved my social, political and economic awareness, moreover giving me greater understanding of day-to-day events and allowing me to assimilate a broad impression of the global narrative. I am happy with the available resources provided for me and I know that if I need help my teachers are easily accessible and happy to help. I have enjoyed my first year of business at A-level and I am now excited to advance into my second year knowing that I will enjoy my final year and my preparation for university.
Thomas Seeley, Yr 13 (2010)

I am currently studying Business Studies A2. The subject has really expanded my knowledge and gave me a better understanding on how business’s work and develop. The teachers in the department are very helpful and supportive i.e. the teachers will give up their own time just to help you one little thing even if takes up all their time. When I started Business there was absolutely nothing I knew about a business but now I know everything, well everything I need to know about. I am currently revising for the exams and hoping to get good results which I may be able to accomplish if I revise hard enough.
Amjad Mohammed, Yr 13 (2010)

Career Pathways

This qualification allows for a number of progression routes:

  • Higher education – BA degrees/HNDs in Business subjects (Marketing, Finance, Human Resources)
  • Employment – various Business sectors. The potential for careers in Business is vast –take a look at the range of jobs in the quality newspapers.

Further Information

Contact :

Mr S Ahmed Room 60 –

Mr C Williams Room 63 –

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