Business A Level

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Getting Ahead

Business A Level at Alton Campus

Are you studying Business A Level at Alton Campus in September? If so, you’re in the right place!

One of the ways to maximise your grade in Business is to know lots of businesses to use as examples. So try downloading the free BBC News app and when you have a spare moment, have a read of some business stories.

Did you know? Jim Ratcliffe is Britain’s richest person and is worth around £20bn – his wealth comes from Ineos, a chemicals-based business. He grew up on a council estate in Manchester.

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One of the fastest-growing fashion retailers is Their financial results were published recently and you can view them here

  1. Research the market that Boohoo is in and have a go at showing how they are positioned relative to their competitors on the Market Map (with quality & price on the two axes). An explanation of Market Mapping is here.
  2. Write a list of the brands they own and give an idea of what sort of customers they are targeting (e.g. age, attitude to clothes, the music they like). They own a number of brands so find out something about them; they have recently bought Burton, Dorothy Perkins etc. Just search in Google: the more specific your search terms, the more accurate your results will be. Wikipedia is often a good resource.
  3. Read this article about the founder of Boohoo. Read this article about five traits of an entrepreneur. Which trait do you think was the main reason Mahmud Kamani was successful? (one paragraph of explanation)
  4. Do you think it’s ethical to sell t-shirts for only £1? There have been a number of stories about Boohoo being unethical, for example not paying the minimum wage and encouraging ‘disposable clothes’ which end up in landfill. One of the key skills in the Business course is weighing up the arguments for and against an issue; do your own research into the ethics of Boohoo and maybe some very ethical competitors like Patagonia. Write a paragraph on why a business should be ethical and a paragraph on the drawbacks of being unethical.

Research links

This is the textbook we use extensively on the course. The cost is around £40 (some used ones are available if you are quick!) but it covers the two years. Not a substitute but also useful is a revision guide (around £15). Make sure it’s the AQA version – ISBN numbers below.

images of the front cover of the two business a level textbooks

  • AQA Business for A Level (Surridge & Gillespie) 2019. ISBN is 978-1510453340
  • CGP Revision Guide (covers both years) – ISBN 9781782943518

If you’d like to do some more activities, then have a go at this Aldi Case Study which has been specially written for Year 11s moving into Y12 by the Time2 Resources website.

Preparing year 11 students for year 12 Business qualifications with “Inside Aldi”

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