Subject: Business
Syllabus Number: AQA 8132
Teacher who leads the subject: Mrs C Smerdon-Corp

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Why study Business?

Be the next Richard Branson, Alan Sugar or James Dyson…….
Do you fancy yourself at the head of a successful business? Have you got some great ideas for new products or services? Or maybe you want to work for a large company by working in marketing or management. No matter what your vision, Business can give you an incredibly powerful start to launch you on to your career.

  • Everyone ends up working in a business organisation of some kind, so it is important for you to understand how they operate to make future career choices.
  • The course covers useful life skills such as application for jobs, an understanding of ethical business and laws that all consumers need to know.
  • The course covers all aspects of Business and is good preparation for Business at A level and at University where there are many courses at different levels. For example, past Bishop Luffa students have gone on to study Event Management, Accountancy and Strategic Management.
  • The subject is taught using a variety of learning styles and activities, especially using computers for work and business research.

Outline of syllabus content

All aspects of Business are covered in the course:

  • Marketing and enterprise, as well as creating business plans.
  • Business structure and different types of business including franchises and multinationals.
  • Human resources including recruitment, training, organisation and motivation.
  • Production using different methods and lean production.
  • Finance including an understanding of profit and loss, breakeven and sources of finance.
  • External factors that affect businesses such as the economy, laws, ethics and the environment.


Paper 1 – Influences of Operational and Human Resource Management on business activity
Paper 2 – Influences of Marketing and Finance on business activity

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