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AS Essential Business Studies for AQA

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

AS Essential Business Studies for AQA

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AS Essential Business Studies for AQA, Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Cantwell, £18.99, Folens, ISBN 978-1-85008-360-3

User friendliness ****

This book is a very close match to the new AQA specification, being set out in the two units and their subdivisions. It is organised exactly in line with the topics. The headings and subheadings for each "Focus On" (chapter) are precisely the same as the specification headings and amplification. This makes it very easy to work through and for students to see exactly how the material relates to the AQA requirements.

Content and course coverage ***

The format of each Focus On is the same - a number of topics accompanied by short illustrative material and/or exercises, either drawn from business examples or made up, plus some key terms. Each topic occupies a double- page spread, however extensive the topic. These pages are generally to the point and are effective in that they ask students to apply the theory concepts covered to a real situation. However, the brevity of the source material often means that the questions set are more-or-less stand alone, relying little on the stimulus. The sections are followed by a double spread of up to three case studies and some short questions designed as exam practice related to the Focus On topics. Here the stimulus material serves better as a prompt to explore the questions posed, and the short questions are a useful reminder or test of basic knowledge.

The book is laid out consistently in three columns with many coloured illustration and photographs. At times this detracts from consideration of the text, presenting a cluttered feel, especially as tables tend to go over two columns. However, this does sustain interest throughout, possibly at the cost of detail and development. The content is heavy on factual statements, inevitable in a book which deals with AS level, though there is an attempt to deal with analytical and evaluative issues. …

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