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Business Studies for AS

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Business Studies for AS

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Business Studies for AS, Ian Marcouse, Andrew Gillespie, Barry Martin, Malcolm Surridge and Nancy Wall, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001, paperback, 373 pages, L13.99, ISBN: 0-340-80238-3, Tel 1235 827720.

Business Studies for AS is the new, slimmed down version of the A level text of the same name, also published by Hodder and Stoughton, reviewed in these pages in the Autumn 1999 issue. The book benefits from the same group of authors, all experienced teachers and senior examiners. It is suitable for all Business Studies specifications at AS.

The front cover of the book is of a similar pattern, colour and design to the original yet clearly states that it is for AS students. The introductory page outlines 'What is Business Studies?', illustrated with a helpful, synoptic diagram encompassing the core themes running through AS.

I particularly like the introduction to AS and the simple, clear message given to students about the skills breakdown and the relative importance of knowledge, understanding and application at AS compared to A2. It also goes on to define what is meant by those troublesome terms 'analysis' and 'evaluation' -- students will benefit from this accessible reminder when attempting AS questions.

The layout of the book is extremely similar in structure to the original. …

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