Studying Business at Bridge will give you an understanding of what it takes for a business to be successful – whether that be a small start-up business or a multinational corporation. In year 12, you will learn in detail about the four main areas of a business: Finance, Marketing, Human Resources and Operations. Learning about these different areas of a business allows you to decide which area you feel best suited to and then specialise in that area, either through further study or as part of your career. In year 13, you learn about strategies a business can use to become successful including making use of digital technology; operating internationally; expanding through mergers and takeovers and innovation.
What is Business?
Revision for end-of-year assessments
Product and Market Development
Strategic decision-making including SWOT analysis
External influences on businesses (the economy, competition, technology, government laws and policies)
Revision for A-Level Examinations
How can I succeed in business?
Business is an essay-based subject which is assessed by three 2-hour papers at the end of year 13. There is no coursework.
Revision questions and materials will be provided in lessons for each topic and, to succeed, students should make sure they work through these thoroughly and to the best of their ability. In addition, past exam papers and mark schemes can be accessed through the AQA business website: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business/as-and-a-level/business-7131-7132/assessment-resources
Finally, the resources below can be used to build a broader understanding of the subject. This is important for students aiming for an A or A*.
Resources for learning more about business
The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More – Chris Anderson
In this book Chris Anderson takes a closer look at the new economics of the Internet age, showing where business is going and exploring the huge opportunities that exist: for new producers, new e-tailers, and tastemakers.
Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
Shoe Dog is a memoir by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The memoir chronicles the history of Nike from its founding as Blue Ribbon Sports and its early challenges to its evolution into one of the world's most recognized and profitable companies.
Bloomberg is an online business newspaper which deals with current events and how they impact business – both in the UK and internationally.
This website contains revision resources for business at both A-Level and GCSE.