Business

Head of Department: Mr Edward Wilson

Exam board: AQA

A-level business gives students a clear view of how an organisation operates. Students learn about the challenges of starting a business, enterprise, management of people, communication and motivation, operations management, marketing and competition as well as finance management.

In Year 13 the strategic decisions of large businesses are studied and students will be able to make strong decisions and back them up with real life examples and good analysis of the likely outcomes. Students learn to analyse information provided about a business in order to solve problems by identifying a course of action for that business.

During the course students build up their knowledge of business terminology and strategies, recognise good and bad strategies for a variety of scenarios. In addition, students analyse closely the four major business functions (marketing, human resources, operations and finance) and examine the process of consultation and design. During the course we have visits from local business people and trips to local companies.

Three exams are taken with a mix of short answer, data response and longer essay-type questions.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Business achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2017, 2018 and 2019) A* 2%, A*-A 20%, A*-B 58%, A*-C 90%