Welcome to A & AS Level Business Section

The study of Cambridge International AS and A Level Business allows learners to take the first step towards a career in private or public organisations or progress with confidence to a degree in business and management related subjects.

About the syllabus

A Levels Business Studies syllabus enables candidates to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business, and the role business plays in society.

The syllabus covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value.

The syllabus is divided into 6 sections. Each section is loaded with revision notes, interactive quizzes, worksheets, case studies, activities and lots of goodies of teachers and students.

Cambridge learners will develop:

  • the capacity to analyse characteristics and activities of business organisations and how they respond to the changing demands of their environments
  • an understanding of how effective managers and leaders develop successful organisations in terms of customer focus and the products/services they offer
  • the opportunity to reflect on how successful business organisations engage in financial and accounting practices to maximise value for stakeholders value
  • development of knowledge that relates to strategic planning and decision-making to ensure business survival, change, and sustainable success
  • a solid foundation for further study

Syllabus at a Glance

 

CORE

All candidates study these topics:

EXTENDED

A Level candidates also study additional topics

Business and
its environment
 
  • Enterprise
  • Business structure
  • Size of business
  • Business objectives
  • Stakeholders in a business

 
  • Business structure
  • Size of business
  • External influences on business activity
People in
organisations
 
  • Management and leadership
  • Motivation
  • Human resource management
  • Human resource management
  • Organisation structure
  • Business communication
Marketing
  • What is marketing?
  • Market research
  • The marketing mix
 
  • Marketing planning
  • Globalisation and international marketing
Operations
and project
management
 
  • The nature of operations
  • Operations planning
  • Inventory management

 
  • Operations planning
  • Capacity utilisation
  • Lean production and quality management
  • Project management
Finance and
accounting
 
  • The need for business finance
  • Sources of finance
  • Forecasting cash flows and managing
  • working capital
  • Costs
  • Accounting fundamentals
  • Costs
  • Budgets
  • Contents of published accounts
  • Analysis of published accounts
  • Investment appraisal
Strategic
management
 
[No topics at AS Level] 
  • What is strategic management?
  • Strategic analysis
  • Strategic choice
  • Strategic implementation

Assessment

For Cambridge International AS and A Level Business, candidates:

take Papers 1 and 2 only (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification)

or

follow a staged assessment route by taking Papers 1 and 2 (for Cambridge International AS Level

qualification) in one series, then Paper 3 (for the Cambridge International A Level qualification) in a later series

or

take Papers 1, 2 and 3 in the same examination series, leading to the full Cambridge International A Level.

All components are externally assessed.

Assessment Pattern

Component Weightage
  AS Level A Level

Paper 1

Short answer and essay 1 hour 15 minutes

Section A: Four short answer questions (20 marks)

Section B: One essay from a choice of three questions (20 marks)

Based on the AS Level syllabus content

40 marks

20%

 

 

20%

10%

 

 

10%

Paper 2

Data response 1 hour 30 minutes

Two data response questions based on AS Level syllabus content

60 marks

60% 30%

Paper 3

Case study 3 hours (For A Level Students only)

Five questions and one essay (from a choice of two) based on a case study

Based on the additional A Level syllabus content and also assumes knowledge and understanding of the AS Level syllabus content

100 marks

  50%

 

 

 

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