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Year 13 A Level Business Studies Curriculum

Key topics to be taught this year: Strategic Management and managing change

Autumn Term

Topic

Further details about the topic

Skills

1

Analysing the strategic direction of a business

Mission, corporate objectives and strategy, financial ratio analysis, SWOT analysis, political and legal change, social, economic and technological change and investment appraisal

Knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation

2

Analysing the strategic direction of a business (continued)

How to pursue strategies

 

Choosing strategic direction

 

Managing strategic change

Methods of growth and economies of scale, assessing innovation, digital technology and internationalisation.

 

Ansoff’s matrix, Porter’s generic strategy and Bowman’s strategic clock

 

 

 

Organisational culture, managing strategic implementation, evaluating strategy and why it fails

 

 

 

 

Knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation

Spring Term

 

 

 

1

Managing strategic change (continued)

Choosing strategic direction (continued)

 

 

Organisational culture, managing strategic implementation, evaluating strategy and why it fails

Knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation

2

Revision of Year 1 and Year 2 content 

Scrutiny of exemplar papers and mark schemes in preparation for the linear examinations

 

Knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation

Summer Term

 

 

 

1

Revision of Year 1 and Year 2 content

Scrutiny of exemplar papers and mark schemes in preparation for the linear examinations

Knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation

2

Revision of Year 1 and Year 2 content 

Scrutiny of exemplar papers and mark schemes in preparation for the linear examinations

Knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation

Assessments:

 

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

Strategic direction

Exam paper

CAT 2

Paper 1 and 2

Exam paper

CAT 3

Paper 3

Mock exam

Main Resources:

Resource

Details (names, web address etc.)

Term (1,2,3,4,5,6 or All)

Text books

AQA A2 Business Studies by Wolinski 

All

Recommended reading

A quality newspaper

All

Recommended websites

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/business/AQA-7132-SOW.PDF

www.bized.co.uk

www.tutor2u.net

www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk

www.businesscasestudies.co.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/

All

Equipment

Pen, pencil, ruler, calculator

All

 

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