APT’s Revision Buddy for OCR GCSE A293 Case Study – Aaron Furniture Ltd

We are really excited to announce the publication of the APT Case Study for OCR A293 – Aaron Furniture Ltd (June 2016) TODAY29th January 2016. 

This has to be our best one yetOur “Complete Revision Buddy” really is a fantastic resource and is all you and  your students need from now until exam day.

 It has all the usual components, including a thorough range of quizzes, with even more this year – making it fun in the classroom, covering every aspect of the Case Study and it will thoroughly prepare your students for the exam. 

“Your resource is outstanding and becomes the sole resource in my class from February to all the way to the exam day.”
Jillur Rahman, Woodbridge High School.

This is being recognised by more and more teachers to be the only resource you and your students need to excel in this exam – with explanations of all the key terms, concepts and issues raised, mini quizzes, a formal mock exam, mark schemes and model answers, as well as top tips on how to maximise performance.  Our highly acclaimed “Revision Buddy” can be ORDERED now.  

Excellent resource!  I have seen a few resources available,  this is clearly the most comprehensive  whilst also offering shorter activities and quizzes to reinforce knowledge.” 
Andrew Dickens, The Albany School.

“An excellent resource, very comprehensive and thorough.  I have no hesitation in recommending it.  Students  did very well in the exam.”
Malcolm Ewan, The King’s School Ely.

In detail each Complete 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 12 word searches, 11 missing word exercises, 19 classification activities and 8 opposite activities, 5 match making exercises, 12 crosswords, and 15 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. 

Click HERE for full details or HERE to see a sample.


Price: £65 + VAT for email or download (+ £2.50 for CD) for unlimited use at your school or college.

APT’s Student Seminars – held at your School/College on OCR F297 Case Study and F293 Marketing

We are now taking bookings for our student seminars on OCR F297 Business Case Study, which are becoming increasingly popular, and also our seminar on unit F293 Marketing.  Our seminars are personally delivered by Claire Baker – an experienced examiner, who writes the F297 analyses and the F293 material and is the founder and Director of APT Initiatives.  The seminars will run from the 11th April up until the exam date.  

If you are interested in holding a seminar at your Centre, call us to obtain a quote on 01952 540877 or email us with a summary of your requirements including: 

  • subject (ie F297 and / or F293) 
  • length of seminar required (eg 2, 3 or 4 hours)
  • number of students involved
  • and if two or more seminars are required whether they are to be held on the same day. 

These seminars provide an in-depth insight into what examiners are looking for and how to demonstrate this in the time available.  The ultimate aim is to help each student to achieve their maximum grade. 

“Claire came in to run sessions for our AS and A2 students on the case study units for OCR.  The sessions were spot on in terms of targeting exactly what the students need to know to do well in the exam.  All learners made a great deal of progress at all levels and the students left enthused and better equipped for the exams.  I would heartily recommend APT”. (Yavneh College – April 2015) 

“I was lucky enough to meet Mrs Claire Baker the CEO of APT and sit in her F297 masterclasses, students were given lots of resources to take away!  Mrs Baker knows these case studies like the back of her hand and the lectures were well placed, informative and bursting with content.  We also bought the very comprehensive APT walkthrough guide for every student – they have found this useful in class discussions and it has saved our business department hundreds of hours of preparation”.  (S Hilton, Revision Station) 

Each F297 seminar covers the following:

  • The structure and general requirements of the F297 paper, with emphasis on the importance of time management and planning questions carrying high
  • The skills the examiner is looking for and how to demonstrate these skills.
  • How to move L2 (application) answers into L3 (analysis) and how easy it is in just a few sentences to hit L3.
  • The importance of concluding every question (carrying L4 marks) and what is required in a conclusion to secure these vital marks for evaluation.
  • Common mistakes to avoid when answering questions.
  • Model (Level 4) answers, to specific questions
  • Top Tips on how to maximise performance

The F293 Marketing seminar will include:

  • Outline structure of the F293 paper and type of questions asked.
  • Comprehensive list of the 4 mark, 6 mark, 13 mark and 18 mark questions asked in past papers.
  • Explanation of the skills examiner look for and how to demonstrate these.
  • Overview of typical weaknesses to address.
  • A range of calculation question activities.
  • Activities on each of the following:
  • - how to answer in context.
  • - The 6 mark analysis questions.
  • - The 13 mark evaluate / discuss / recommend and justify question.
  • - The 18 mark should…justify question.
  • Key words and phrases to encourage higher level answers.
  • Final tips on Examination Technique / How to Maximise Performance.

Prices vary according to content, length, number of students involved, and travel distance.  Some Centres are able to pay for the seminar on behalf of the students; others divide the cost amongst the number of students involved.  If you only have a small number of students it may be worth you contacting a local school/college to see if they wish to share.

Request a Quote: by email to office@apt-initiatives.com / by phone 01952 540877 / by fax 01952 541230


AQA A2 Business – Entire BizKit for Unit3 for Current Upper Sixth

APT’s Resources to Inspire and Improve Grades for

Current Upper Sixth: Unit 3 (BUSS3) 

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

We are currently offering our ‘Entire’ BizKit for Unit 3 (BUSS3) at a saving of £100Also available for Unit 1 (BUSS1) and Unit 2 (BUSS2) for any re-sits. 

Our Entire BizKit which is also useful for the new specifications, has everything you need to reduce your workload and increase grades.  It includes: 

  • Topic Tasters
  • Elementary Explanations
  • Punchy PowerPoints
  • Simplified Summaries
  • Whizzy Quizzes
  • Qualified Questions

Click here to see more details or here to see a ‘sample’ BizKit.

The Entire BizKit (includes ALL the resources below for BUSS3) can currently be purchased at £215 +VAT, a saving of £100.  The individual components can also be purchased separately. 

Links to Individual BizKit Components: 

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

Elementary Explanations 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 Cut down your workload and keep students’ focused with these concise, animated, user-friendly PowerPoints. 

Simplified Summaries 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 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 Test students’ knowledge in more formal exam conditions with these practice examination papers, mark schemes and detailed model answers. 

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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.

 You can ORDER today:

  • by email with a school order number to office@apt-initiatives.com
  • direct from our website by clicking HERE with a debit/credit card or by PayPal
  • by phone with a school order number to 01952 540877
  • by fax with a school order number click HERE for our order form to 01952 541230
  • by post to APT Initiatives Ltd, Millstone Lodge, Eaton Upon Tern, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 2BX

How to ensure that you and your students are best prepared for June 2016…..

APT’s Companion for OCR’s F585 Global Economy Stimulus Material

APT’s Companion for OCR’s F585 Global Economy exam continues to be one of our most popular resources, as more and more Economics teachers find this invaluable.  

“Spot on.  Excellent materials.   All the students came out with a smile on their face and commented everything in the analysis came out.”  - Ruth Daniel, Tower Hamlets College. 

The F585 Pre-released Stimulus Material concerns issues relating to Globalisation as well as the Zambian economy.  As usual our detailed F585 Companion provides 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.          

The Companion contains: 

  • A detailed commentary on each extract contained in the stimulus material, with commentaries on: Extract 1 Globalisation and world trade; Extract 2 Globalisation and balance of payments imbalances; Extract 3 Primary commodity dependence and the terms of trade; Extract 4 Migration and remittances; Extract 5 Structural issues in the Zambian economy.
  • A comprehensive list of questions for students to work through to deepen their understanding of the economic concepts / issues raised.
  • A mock examination paper.
  • Mark schemes and Model answers to the questions posed in the mock examination paper.

Sales of our F585 Companion have consistently increased over the last few years based on recommendations from existing users.  Click HERE for full details of this resource or HERE to see a sample. 

Extracts of recent customer feedback provided below: 

Very much superior to that of a rival.  An absolutely excellent document full of good writing and clear,  precise  analysis…a world away from the endless click on this link and look at this diagram…pitched at just the right level.” - Aidan Clarke, Head of Economics St Cuthbert’s High School. 

“An excellent analysis of the issues and a comprehensive link to the specification content.” Liz Benson, West Kingsdown.

OCR GCSE Business A293 Summer 2016 Case Study on Aaron Furniture Ltd

The APT Case Study for OCR A293 – Aaron Furniture Ltd (June 2016) will be published at the end of January 2016.  Our highly acclaimedRevision Buddy” can be PRE-ORDERED now.

We’ve  just received more excellent customer feedback…

The resources developed for last year’s case study were absolutely outstanding.  I call this my ‘Bible’  Greatly appreciated!  Your work is amazing!

Your resources are in a different league with the case analysis.  I wouldn’t be without it!  It’s worth every penny!  A fantastic tool that fully supports outstanding teaching and learning and student progression in great depth and detail!  Roll on January 29th!

Miss L Pickford, Heworth Grange School.




OCR Case Study F297 Pre-released Material June 2016

APT’s Analysis on OCR F297 Verdant Ghar (VGL) has been published and is AVAILABLE NOW

The OCR F297 Strategic Management June 2016 case study is on a recycling business called Verdant Ghar Ltd.  Our usual comprehensive analysis is now available, where all the groundwork is done for teachers and their students, with solid analysis evaluation of key issues, and a highly comprehensive list of possible examination questions, the majority of which can be answered using the analysis. 

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:

“We have used your materials for many exam sessions and it continues to be one of the most important resources to our students during exam preparation.”  Mike Benstead, Diss High School.

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 Grade 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.

Click here to sample last year’s analysis.

Changes Made by OCR to VGL’s Dividends & Retained Profit Figure for 2015

Changes Made by OCR to VGL’s Dividends & Retained Profit Figure for 2015

On 1 January 2016: OCR stated (on the following link: http://ocr.org.uk/ocr-for/exams-officers/support-and-tools/siu/gce-business-studies-111215/) that: ‘Appendix 2 has incorrect transposed figures shown in the column for 2015 under both Dividends and Retained Profit.  Dividends for 2015 should read 3.8 (£m) and Retained Profit should read 1.0 (£m)’.

Make sure you are using the correct case study and the correct APT Analysis.  This is a link to the updated OCR F297 case study: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/251932-unit-f297-pre-release-case-study-june-2016.pdf

The changes OCR made to the dividends and retained profit figure affected our original APT Analysis (published in December): page 6 on stakeholders and corresponding bullet point 7 (under ‘Strengths’) on page 57 of the APT Analysis.  These pages were updated accordingly and your copy of the analysis should clearly state that these pages were updated.