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OCR AS Business Studies, Andy Mottershead

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

OCR AS Business Studies, Andy Mottershead

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OCR AS Business Studies, Andy Mottershead, Steve Chai loner and Alex Grant, second edition, 310 pages, £16.99, Philip Allan Updates, ISBN 9780 340 95933 6

This book is one of many that has appeared over the past few months billed as "revised and updated" for the new A levels and ready for teaching from September 2008. Unsurprisingly publishers have leapt at the opportunity to produce a whole raft of glossy new textbooks fully tailored to the new specifications, and Philip Allan are no exception with this text written specifically for the OCR syllabus. I have taught the OCR specification for the past four years but had not come across the first edition of this book. Therefore I cannot make a comparison with the previous edition and have judged this second edition on its own merits.

Content ****

My first impression was that this is a well-designed book, with a good mix of text and graphics making it very student friendly. The presentation is attractive and the writing style very readable. The book is logically structured, split into two sections (An introduction to business, and Business functions) to mirror the two units of the new specification. Each of the 42 chapters covers a key topic, with a good use of colour-coding to link topics together. For example all the accounting and finance topics have a green banding at the top of the page.

Format/style ****

There are coloured boxes for key terms and further sources, and effective use of coloured tables to summarise key points. Each chapter contains a selection of well-written individual and group tasks and ends with case study questions. These range from short 15 minutes, knowledge-based questions to longer 45 minutes case studies which test the higherorder skills required in the AS examinations. The case studies have generally been well selected, are up to date and would interest my students (typical examples include Apple, French Connection and the new Wembley Stadium). I will be very happy to use the case studies in the classroom or to set for homework.

Another useful feature of this book is the "examiner's voice" boxes that appear in almost every chapter. The three authors are all senior examiners and they draw on their experience to provide some excellent advice to students as to what they should (and should not) be doing in examinations. …

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