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A2 Business Studies, Second Edition

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

A2 Business Studies, Second Edition

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A LEVEL BUSINESS A2 Business Studies, Second edition by Malcolm Surridge and Andrew Gillespie, Hodder Arnold, June 2005, 299 pages, paperback, £14.99, ISBN 0340900911.

This book is a fully updated edition of A2 Business Studies and a companion text to AS Business Studies, which has also been updated. It is claimed by the authors to "ensure that students have all the necessary information concerning contemporary business practice at their fingertips." It is a suitable text for all A2 Business Studies courses offered by the major examination boards. Each chapter concentrates on the areas of the A2 syllabus, Marketing, Finance and Accounts, People in Organisations, Operations Management, External Influences and Objectives and Strategy.

The format and style of the book is user friendly for most A2 students. Each chapter contains a number of key features:

* Points to ponder - interesting snippets of information that enable students to link what they learn in the classroom with the real world.

* Business in focus - the much needed application to real life businesses.

* Key issues - a concise and well written explanation of the main points from the syllabus.

* People in Business - again the much needed application to real life businesses.

* Key terms - always an excellent addition to any textbook.

* Examiner's advice - this is where this book really begins to stand out from the rest. The advice from two senior examiners should be used extensively.

* Application and evaluation advice - students are usually aware of the need to include application and evaluation but this feature of the book is an effective way of highlighting this to them. …

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