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AS Business Studies

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

AS Business Studies

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A LEVEL BUSINESS STUDIES

AS Business Studies, Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001, paperback, 284 pages, L12.99, ISBN: 0-340-779-675,Tel. 01235 827720.

This textbook is designed to meet the needs of the new AS specifications. Both of the authors have been heavily involved with the development of the AQA AS specification. Currently Surridge is Principal Examiner and Gillespie is Reviser for the course. As an AQA centre, we therefore adopted the book as our class text for the AS students from September 2000.

The content of the book closely matches the requirements of the AQA AS Specification. As such, one of its first uses was for both new and experienced teachers of A Level Business Studies to provide a guide as to the appropriate depth and level of analysis required for the AS level course. On occasion, the text does cover detail that does not appear to be required by the specification. For example, the chapter on Business and the Law goes into detail on the contents of each act, when what would be more beneficial would be a wider concentration on the impact of the legislation in general. In terms of format and style, the text is very user-friendly in that it is split into seven major chapters, which closely mirror the pattern of the modules within the specification. Students are thus able to navigate easily in order to find appropriate information, and to use the book as a basis for revision. Within each chapter, there are then 'lesson sizeS units that have been useful to set as background/consolidation reading for students at home. Each unit contains features such as 'People in business', and 'Business in focus', which work well to enliven the text and provide examples of business in the real world. The increased emphasis on knowledge of definitions is well catered for by the Key Terms scattered through the text. …

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