Current Upper Sixth: Unit 3 (BUSS3)

In addition to our resource for the BUSS4 Research Theme (E-commerce) we have resources for Unit 3 (BUSS3), which are also useful for the new specifications. 

Our Entire Unit 3 (BUSS3) BizKit has everything you need to reduce your workload and increase grades.   The individual components can also be purchased separately.  Thousands of teachers and students across the UK have benefited from using these resources:

“What an amazing help your Business Studies resources have been.   We purchased the entire Unit 3 BizKit, they have been immensely helpful to both teachers and students.”Campbell Smith, Caterham School

“A great buy. Not only were the practice papers highly relevant to specifications, they were also differentiated which suits my students down to the ground. We were delighted with the AQA module 3 guide which, from what we are hearing from other schools, is the best on the market.”  Ian Simpson, St Benedict’s School

Links to Individual BizKit Components: 

Topic Tasters £40 +VAT: Start lessons off with a ‘spark’ and grab students’ interest with these stimulating ways to introduce new topics.

Elementary Explanations £65 +VAT. In-depth, precise information on the essential theory required by the Unit specifications.  Sufficiently detailed to enable students to grasp key terms / concepts without teacher assistance – ideal for independent learning.

Punchy PowerPoints £65 +VAT. Cut down your workload and keep students’ focused with these concise, animated, user-friendly PowerPoints.

Simplified Summaries £35 +VAT.  Consolidate learning and simplify revision with these condensed versions of our Elementary Explanations. (Pocketbook versions for individual students to purchase also available – see below).

Whizzy Quizzes £50 +VAT. A great range of mini quizzes / exercises for every topic and sub-topic listed in the Unit specifications – simplifying assessment and making learning fun.

Qualified Questions £60 +VAT. Test students’ knowledge in more formal exam conditions with these practice examination papers, mark schemes and detailed model answers.

The ‘Entire’ BizKit (all above resources) can be purchased at a saving of £100: £215 +VAT.

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Handy Revision Pocketbooks can also be purchased by Individual Students:

Essential Revision Pocketbook: This contains definitions of key terms, concise coverage of relevant business studies theory and concepts and essential advice on how to maximise performance in the exam, including: an explanation of the skills examiners look for and how to demonstrate these, key words and phrases to build higher level answers, command words and appropriate responses, and top tips to maximise performance.  Price: £6 + £2.50 P&P.  Reduced postage costs on multiple purchases.

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OCR A Level Economics F585 Global Economy – Globalisation Issues and Zambia

The F585 Pre-released Stimulus Material concerns issues relating to Globalisation as well as the Zambian economy.

Below are some of the key things students should be considering to prepare themselves for this exam.

  • What is meant by globalisation.
  • Indicators of globalisation eg rise in global trade between countries, FDI, migration of workers.
  • Factors that have led to the growth in world trade.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of globalisation.
  • Reasons for imbalances in the balance of payments of different countries.
  • Why imbalances in China and the USA have not responded to changes in exchange rates, including other factors that might be at work.
  • What is meant by terms of trade and what a deterioration in terms of trade means.
  • How a deterioration in terms of trade has affected the Zambian economy.
  • How migration has increased international financial flows in the form of remittances and what this means.
  • The benefits and costs associated with dependence on remittances.
  • Reasons why Zambia has undergone a shift in the composition of its aggregate demand.
  • The potential benefits of private sector investment in Zambia.
  • Whether or not private sector investment is more important in terms of aggregate demand relative to consumption and public sector investment in Zambia.
  • What is meant by resource nationalisation and how this has deterred some FDI in Zambia.
  • The extent to which the continued economic growth in Zambia depends upon freeing up the market by means of supply side reforms. 

Our usual detailed F585 Companion will provide an in-depth commentary of each of the 5 extracts contained in the stimulus material, as well as a mock paper and detailed model answers.  Our Companion is due to be released this term and can be pre-ordered now.

OCR F297 Strategic Management June 2016

The OCR F297 Strategic Management June 2016 case study is on a recycling business called Verdant Ghar Ltd.

Here are some of the key issues students should be focusing on, which we will be covering in our usual comprehensive analyses, to be published this term and can be pre-ordered now.

  1. VGL’s Objectives – relating to revenues, gaining new business, labour turnover and charitable initiatives – their appropriateness in light of current performance and ways in which they might be achieved.
  2. The benefits and drawbacks of VGL’s policy of selling most of its products on international spot markets (ie markets where goods are sold for cash and delivered immediately.
  3. The appropriateness of using Time Series Analysis as a means of forecasting revenues for budgeting purposes.
  4. The effect of macro-economic variables, most notably economic growth and employment on VGL.
  5. Other factors affecting the volume of work and, thus, revenues from VGL’s business customers, including environmental legislation and taxes.
  6. Methods for attracting, motivating and retaining staff, including the quarterly individual punctuality and attendance bonus, the bonus based on a combination of quantity and quality of output paid to all members of a shift, and the emphasis on non-financial methods of motivation (including what these might consist of).
  7. VGL’s current on-the-job staff training policy, which focuses on ‘what to do’ and ‘how to do it’ in helping to ensure commitment to product quality, and the Production Manager’s  proposal to extend this to include ‘why’ the task is important – by reference to VGL’s ‘Four Pillars’.
  8. How VGL could better communicate with householders to ensure waste is sorted appropriately and, in particular, what function social media might play in this.
  9. Whether or not VGL should diversify into the textiles recycling market.
  10. Analysis of VGL’s Profit & Loss and Balance Sheets – Calculation and analysis of relevant financial ratios.

APT are experts in case study analysis and have a proven track record  in helping to cut teachers’ workloads and boosting students’ grades.   Extracts of recent customer feedback is provided below:

Outstanding analysis, your materials are superb, we will definitely be ordering yours in future.” Sarah Cronin, Bromsgrove School

“APT materials are better quality than alternatives on the market”. Steph Walker, Carlisle

“My student achieved A for his first year in both papers, he was struggling with OCR business and unsure he would even gain a C. Thank you for such great material.”  Jane Wood, Tutor, Braintree

Each analysis contains: 

  • Identification and examination of key issues / possible question areas.
  • Relevant theory relating to the business studies concepts and ideas raised in the case study.
  • In-depth analytical and evaluative discussion of improvements / solutions / options available.
  • A highly comprehensive range of practice examination questions.
  • Guidelines on revision and examination technique.

To be published by December 2015.

Price: £55 + VAT for email or download (+ £2.50 for CD) for unlimited use at your school or college.

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AQA A Level BUSS4 E-commerce Research Theme 2016 – What is E-Commerce?

The AQA BUSS4 research theme for 2016 is Technological Change: e-commerce.

For your students to get the best grades possible it is absolutely essential for them to have a really clear understanding of what e-commerce transactions consist of – here are some initial important questions for your students to research and consider:-

What is e-commerce?

  • Are all e-commerce transactions conducted over the internet?
  • Does e-commerce include orders made by telephone calls, fax or manually typed emails?
  • What is EDI?
  • What is EFT?
  • Do payments for goods/services sold through e-commerce have to take place online?
  • Is m-commerce part of e-commerce?
  • What is s-commerce and is this part of e-commerce?
  • Is e-business the same as e-commerce?

These are ideal, initial research tasks to give to your students to get them to grasp a clear understanding of the theme.  We will be including  answers to all the above questions within our Complete Companion for use with the theme, which is due to be published by the 30th November and can be pre-ordered now.

Our Companion has everything you and your students need to help them to get the best grades possible.

Click here for further information.  Extracts of recent customer feedback is provided below:-

“The theme materials you provided were excellent, and suited every level of teaching.” - Gareth Moran, Rye St Antony School

“My AQA business student went from a predicted Grade E to a B on her Unit 4 paper and was just short of an A.” -  Jane Wood, Tutor

“Your BUSS4 resources are proving invaluable and so much more useful than other providers. - Ian Chapman, Queen Anne’s School

This is just a small sample of the excellent customer feedback we regularly receive.

Price: £85 + VAT for email or download (+ £2.50 for CD) for unlimited use at your school or college.

Pre-order your copy:

By Email to

On line with a debit/credit card or by PayPal at

By phone with a school order number to 01952 540877

By fax with a school order number to 01952 541230

By post to APT Initiatives Ltd, Millstone Lodge, Eaton Upon Tern, Market Drayton, TF9 2BX