Revision Material for OCR GCSE Business A293 Exam on Tom’s Toys and GG Toys plc

With 6 weeks still to go before this year’s OCR GCSE A293 Business Studies (J253) exam (on Bowton, Tom’s Toys and GG Toys Plc), there is still time to make full use of APT’s ‘Outstanding’ Teacher’s Companion / Complete Student Revision Buddy 

If you don’t have the budget to purchase the full resource, you (or your students) can now purchase APT’s 125 Short Exam Questions (& Answers) (already included in the Teacher’s Companion / Complete Student Revision Buddy), as they are now available to purchase separately at just £10 +VAT. 

Also, available are APT’s Two Additional Mock Exam Papers (for £25 +VAT) written to rigorously test and help prepare students for this year’s OCR GCSE A293 Business Studies Exam. 

  • The style and format of each paper is based on previous examinations set by OCR for the A293 Case Study Paper.
  • The question papers contain appropriate spacing for students to write their answers.
  • The mark schemes and answers provide a wide range of responses to the questions posed.
  • For questions marked using a ‘levels of response’ mark scheme, detailed example model answers are provided in paragraph form, and answers are annotated to show where the levels have been met (ie Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3).

Click here to access a comprehensive set of sample material from last year’s Companion / Revision Buddy.

In detail APT’s Teacher’s Companion / Student Revision Buddy contains: 

  • A step-by-step explanation of the key terms, concepts and issues raised (directly or indirectly) in the Case Study.  These are discussed in the order in which they appear in the Case Study.
  • A wide range of mini quizzes, (including answers) - to check and consolidate students’ understanding of the above, and to help make revision fun.  This includes word searches, missing word exercises, classification and opposite activities, crosswords, and short question and answer exercises.
  • A mock examination paper - to enable students to be tested in more formal examination conditions.
  • Mark schemes and a highly comprehensive range of responses to each question posed in the mock examination paper.
  • A list of useful web addresses - providing access to information and videos on topics raised in the Case Study – for students to carry out further research independently.
  • Tips on how to maximise performance in the exam.

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Securing High Grades in Edexcel A Level Business

APT’s Complete Context Companion for Edexcel A Level Business contains a fabulous set of 6 resources for – but not limited to – this year’s Paper 3 exam.  This set of 6 resources can be purchased individually, OR all at once for a discounted price.

Up-to-date Feedback specific to this year’s (2018) Complete Context Companion:

“Thank you so much for the amazing resources supporting Edexcel Paper 3 context they are a godsend”  H Bridge.

3 Key Reasons to invest in APT’s resources:

  • A wide range of contextual examples, which are vital to secure high grades:  High level answers can only be obtained in the Paper 3 exam if answers are ‘supported throughout by relevant and effective use of the business behaviour / context’.  APT’s ‘Detailed Investigation into the Context’ (for teachers) and more condensed ‘Essential Revision Summaries’ (for students) are full of contextual examples that students can instantly draw upon when time is limited in the exam, to provide contextual answers to questions set.  This is vital to secure high grades. 
  • A bank of interesting and varied stimulus material that can be used in future years:  APT’s ‘Detailed Investigation into the Context’ (for teachers) is packed full of information, including extracts of articles that are not just relevant to this year’s Paper 3 exam, but can also be used to launch and discuss specification topics with students in future years to come.

APT’s COMPLETE CONTEXT COMPANION includes:

  • 6 PowerPoint Presentations (for teachers) £20 + VAT – to introduce the Paper 3 exam context to students, as well as sets of PowerPoints to introduce key aspects relating to the context that students are advised to research in Edexcel’s ‘Pre-release Material’ for this June’s (2018) exam.
  • Step by Step Research Tasks (for students) £15 + VAT (42 pages) with links to relevant articles and points to consider - to encourage students to undertake their own research, analysis and revision, in preparation for this year’s Paper 3 exam, in a structured manner.  This covers each of the  bullet points detailed in Edexcel’s ‘Pre-release Material’ for the 2018 Paper 3 exam.  Answers to questions posed in these research tasks can be found in the ‘Detailed Investigation into the Context for Teachers’, as well as the ‘Essential Revision Summaries for Students’ (see below).
  • 183 page Detailed investigation into the Context (for teachers) £45 + VAT - providing in-depth knowledge, evidence, analytical and evaluative comment where applicable, on each aspect advised to be researched in Edexcel’s ‘Pre-release Material’ for the 2018 Paper 3 exam. This includes extracts of relevant articles so there is no having to click on ‘this link here’ and ‘that link there’ to access relevant research.
  • 51 pages of Essential Revision Summaries (for students) £35 + VAT - containing crucial knowledge, evidence, and analytical and evaluative comments where applicable, on each aspect advised to be researched in Edexcel’s ‘Pre-release Material’ for the 2018 Paper 3 exam. This is a more condensed version of the ‘Detailed Investigation into the Context for Teachers’ (and includes answers to questions posed in the ‘Research Tasks for Students’).   
  • Mock Exam Paper (for students) and…
  • Mark Scheme and Detailed Answers (for teachers) £19 + VAT - a rigorous paper in the same style and format as the sample assessment material and the first exam set by Edexcel for the A Level Business Paper 3 exam In 2017, with space for students to write down their answers, and answers provided in paragraph form, rather than a list of relevant points anticipated to be raised in the answer.

Discounted Price for the Complete Companion: £85+VAT (£49 discount)

Click HERE to view our SAMPLE material (via the website) for this June’s exam or click HERE to take you directly to the sample document.  The sample material relates to Bullet Point 2 of Edexcel’s Pre-release Material, ie ‘Influences on the Global Market for Chocolate Confectionery over the last 20 years’, and specifically relate to ‘Changing Costs and Prices’. 

Feedback received on last year’s (2017) Companion:

“I purchased the Essential Revision Summaries and Mock Paper - Excellent preparation for the exam.  On the strength of this I will also be ordering your materials for AQA Economics. Thanks – appreciate your excellent work D Gratton, June 2017

“The detailed investigation is brilliant. How much is it to upgrade to the full package?”  P Vicary, March 2017

Resources can be ordered and paid for online and instantly downloaded . CD version is an additional P&P charge of £2.50.  We can also email the resource and subsequently invoice your school/college.

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Edexcel A Level Economics A – Mock Papers, Interim & End of Theme Papers

APT’s Mock Exam Papers – Paper 1, 2 & 3 and Interim & End of Theme Papers – for Themes 1, 2, 3 & 4 

(from £65 per set of 4 papers) 

APT has published sets of 4 Mock Papers for Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 as well as sets of 4 Interim and End of Theme Papers for each of the four themes. 

APT’s MOCK EXAM PAPERS

These papers have been written by an experienced senior examiner of A Level Economics and are ideal for mock examinations.  The style and format is based on the sample assessment material produced by Edexcel.  In addition, for questions worth 12 or more marks (where ‘Level Descriptors’ are used to mark students’ answers), detailed example model answers have been provided in paragraph form, rather than a list of relevant points anticipated to be raised in the answer.  Answers to questions worth 12 or more marks, have also been annotated to show where assessment objectives have been met (ie knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation).  

“They are a fantastic resource!  I have just had clearance that I can order the other sets.”  Imogen Tansley (Mrs), Head of Economics & Business, Northampton High School. 

“These are perfect and we look forward to receiving the others.”  Mr A White, The Joseph Whitaker School. 

“I was very impressed with Paper1.  I use a competitor’s, but yours is on another level.”  Elena Themistocieous, Cyprus.

APT’s INTERIM and END OF THEME PAPERS

Each set of 4 Test Papers for Theme 1, Theme 2, Theme 3 and Theme 4 has been constructed to enable students to be formally tested at various key points throughout their study of each theme, as well as upon completion.  Hence, there are 3 ‘interim’ papers and 1 ‘end of theme’ paper, with detailed mark schemes and answers as follows:    

THEME 1: ‘Introduction to Markets & Market Failure’

  • Paper 1 – concerns Nature of Economics (1.1 of the specification subject content).
  • Paper 2 – concerns How Markets Work (1.2 of the specification subject content).
  • Paper 3 – concerns Market Failure AND Government Intervention (1.3 and 1.4).
  • Paper 4 – concerns the entire themeMarkets and Market Failure (1.1 to 1.4).

THEME 2: ‘UK Economy-Performance & Policies’

  • Paper 1 – concerns Measures of Economic Performance (Section 2.1 of the specification subject content).
  • Paper 2 – concerns Aggregate Demand, Aggregate Supply AND National Income (Sections 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 of the specification subject content).
  • Paper 3 – concerns Economic Growth AND Macroeconomic objectives and policies (Sections 2.5 and 2.6).
  • Paper 4 – concerns the entire themeThe UK Economy – Performance & Policies (2.1 to 2.6).

THEME 3: ‘Business Behaviour and The Labour Market’

  • Paper 1 – concerns Business Growth AND Business Objectives AND Revenues, Costs & Profits (Sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 of the specification subject content).
  • Paper 2 – concerns Market Structures (Section 3.4 of the specification subject content).
  • Paper 3 – concerns Labour Market AND Government Intervention (Sections 3.5 and 3.6).
  • Paper 4 – concerns the entire themeBusiness Behaviour and The Labour Market (3.1 to 3.6).

Theme 4: ‘A Global Perspective’

  • Paper 1 – concerns International Economics (Section 4.1 of the specification subject content).
  • Paper 2 – concerns Poverty and Inequality AND Emerging and Developing Economies (Sections 4.2 and 4.3).
  • Paper 3 – concerns The Financial Sector AND Role of the State in the Macroeconomy (Sections 4.4 and 4.5).
  • Paper 4 – concerns the entire themeA Global Perspective (4.1 to 4.5).

These Interim & End of Theme Papers:

  • minimise the need for you to devise appropriate questions to test your students’ knowledge and understanding at various points throughout their Economics course.
  • enable you to test students’ regularly (every 8 to 10 weeks) in a formal examination setting.
  • build students’ confidence in sitting A Level and AS Economics exams early on in the course.
  • identify any gaps in your students’ knowledge and understanding that need to be re-visited.
  • familiarise your students with the skills examiners look for and how to secure high grades. 

As a resource to assess both knowledge development and examination skills, these papers are fantastic. They allow pupils to gain a true insight into the nature of the economics papers and has allowed me to have meaningful conversations about examination technique from a much earlier stage in the course. The mark schemes and model answers make for a package which represents great value for money.  Many thanks for such useful resources.”  Mark Seccombe, Pangbourne College. 

“Thank you very much! Just the sort of thing I’m looking for. I think that the Economics Theme Interim and End of Theme papers are excellent.”  Clare Lutwyche, Prior’s Field School. 

“I think these are excellent resources – many thanks.”  Mike Feven, Highgate. 

Price: £65 + vat for each Theme (set of 4 Papers) for email/download.  Price: £65 (£75 Paper 3) + vat for each set of 4 Mock Exam Papers for email/download (+ £2.50 for CD) 

Edexcel AS AL Spec A Theme 1: 4 (Interim and Entire Theme) Papers, Mark Schemes & Answers on Introduction to Markets & Market Failure £65+vat

Edexcel AS AL Spec A Theme 2: 4 (Interim and Entire Theme) Papers, Mark Schemes & Answers on The UK Economy – Performance & Policies £65+vat

Edexcel AL Spec A Theme 3: 4 (Interim and Entire Theme) Papers, Mark Schemes & Answers on Business Behaviour & The Labour Market £65+vat

Edexcel AL Spec A Theme 4: 4 (Interim and Entire Theme) Papers, Mark Schemes & Answers on A Global Perspective £65+vat

Edexcel AL Spec A Paper 1: 4 Mock Exam Papers, Mark Schemes & Answers on Markets and Business Behaviour (Theme 1 & 3) £65+vat

Edexcel AL Spec A Paper 2: 4 Mock Exam Papers, Mark Schemes & Answers on The National and Global Economy (Theme 2 & 4) £65+vat

Edexcel AL Spec A Paper 3: 4 Mock Exam Papers, Mark Schemes & Answers on Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (Themes 1,2,3&4) £75+vat 

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The only way to buy property in Shanghai these days is to win the lottery

A useful LINK relating to Supply and Demand, see below where to find the relevant section in the specification for Edexcel, AQA and OCR Economics:

Edexcel spec reference 1.2.6 

b) The use of supply and demand diagrams to depict excess supply and excess demand

c) The operation of market forces to eliminate excess demand and excess supply

AQA spec reference 4.1.3.5  Why excess demand and excess supply lead to changes in price.

OCR spec reference P 7  Supply and demand and the interaction of markets

http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/2143067/only-way-buy-property-shanghai-these-days-win-lottery

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NPC fixes budget ceiling of Rs 1,200bn for next fiscal year

A useful link relating to current, capital and public expenditure…. https://thehimalayantimes.com/business/national-planning-commission-fixes-budget-ceiling-of-rs-1200bn-for-next-fiscal/

Spec references below for Edexcel, AQA & OCR: 

Edexcel spec reference 4.5.1 a) Distinction between capital expenditure, current expenditure and transfer payments

AQA spec reference 4.2.5.1 The types of and reasons for public expenditure

OCR spec reference P 21 Explain what is meant by current and capital government expenditure

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Mondelēz opens state-of-the-art biscuit factory in Bahrain…

Useful link for bullet 1 of Edexcel’s research brief – specifically to do with investment (foreign direct investment) -https://www.confectionerynews.com/Article/2018/04/18/Mondelez-opens-state-of-the-art-biscuit-factory-in-Bahrain?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

You can also click HERE to see APT’s published resources for Paper 3 Context 2018 on the Chocolate Confectionery Market.

Saudi-Russia alliance could spell doom for Opec, cartel that has ruled oil industry since 1960

A useful link for all A Level Economics students relating to price leadership http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/2142410/saudi-russia-alliance-could-spell-doom-opec-cartel-has-ruled-oil-industry

Spec references below for Edexcel, AQA & OCR: 

Edexcel spec reference 3.4.4 d) Overt and tacit collusion; cartels and price leadership 

AQA spec reference 4.1.5.5 The reasons for non-price competition, the operation of cartels, price leadership, price agreements, price wars and barriers to entry.

OCR spec reference P 12 Explain the significance of types of collusion in oligopoly markets

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