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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
Contents
1 Introduction 2
1.1 Why choose AQA? 2
1.2 Why choose Business Studies? 2
1.3 How do I start using this specification? 3
1.4 How can I find out more? 4
2 Specification at a Glance 5
3 Subject Content 6
3.1 Unit 1 BUSS1 Planning and Financing a Business 6
3.2 Unit 2 BUSS2 Managing a Business 9
3.3 Unit 3 BUSS3 Strategies for Success 12
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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
1 Introduction
1.1 Why choose AQA?
1 It's a fact that AQA is the UK's favourite exam · Service
board and more students receive their academic We are committed to providing an efficient and
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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
The Benefits of this Specification Progression from GCSE to Higher
· It encourages the practical application of Education
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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
1.4 How can I find out more?
1 Ask AQA Teacher Support
You have 24-hour access to useful information and Details of the full range of current Teacher Support
answers to the most commonly-asked questions at meetings are available on our website at
http://www.aqa.org.uk/rn/askaqa.php http://www.aqa.org.uk/support/teachers.…read more

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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
2 Specification at a Glance
AS Examinations AS
Award
Unit 1 ­ BUSS1 1131
Planning and Financing a Business
40% of AS, 20% of A Level
1 hour 15 minutes examination
60 marks
Short answer questions and extended responses based on a mini case study.…read more

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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
3 Subject Content
The AS units focus on small to medium-sized businesses operating within national, as opposed to international,
markets.
Unit 1 covers the issues involved in a business start-up, such as research and planning, as well as the factors
that determine success.
Unit 2 focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions at
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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
Transforming Resources into Goods and Services This topic should be considered within the context
of the tertiary, secondary and primary industries.
· inputs, outputs and the nature of the
transformation of resources into finished
products
· adding value.
Developing Business Plans Candidates should be aware of the benefits and
· the purpose and contents of business plans problems of plans/planning for small businesses.
· sources of information and guidance.…read more

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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
Employing People The types of employees should include: temporary,
permanent, full-time and part-time. Candidates
· types of employees used in small businesses
should be aware of the reasons, drawbacks and
· using consultants and advisors. difficulties of employing people and/or using
consultants and advisors.
Financial Planning
This section provides candidates with an understanding of key financial concepts essential for the planning
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GCE Business Studies Specification for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.2)
3.2 Unit 2 BUSS2 Managing a Business
In the study of this unit, candidates should examine the topic areas below in relation to the core theme of
improving the effectiveness of a business. Candidates should be able to calculate and be able to interpret
data measuring the effectiveness of the business. These measurements should include: profitability, labour
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