Feedback on the Edexcel A Level BUSINESS PAPER 3 Context Exam

Following the Edexcel A Level Business Paper 3 exam, we would love to know how we can fully support you and your students in preparation for this exam next year.

In terms of the resources APT produced for this year’s Edexcel A Level Paper 3 Context, APT’s Complete Context Companion included a Mock Paper with key extracts on Pure Gym and The Gym Groupand data on Fitness First, and so it was great to learn that these businesses were the focus of questions in the actual exam last Friday.

APT’s Mock Paper extracts on The Gym Group’s Statements of Income and its Financial Position would, in particular, have provided plenty of scope for students to practice their calculation of accounting ratios for The Gym Group, and stood candidates in very good stead for one of the 20 mark questions in the actual exam.  APT’s coverage of HRM in the Health and Fitness Industry (in APT’s ‘Detailed Investigation for Teachers’ and ‘Revision Summaries for Students’) should also have stood students in very good stead to answer the other 20 mark question on reducing labour turnover

Some of the other questions were less obviously linked to Edexcel’s pre-released material, and required students to think very hard ‘on the spot’ on the day, although relevant information to help answer these questions – for example – consideration of the effect of changes in exchange rates on decisions regarding expansion overseas, was also included in APT’s Detailed Investigation (for Teachers) and Revision Summaries (for Students).

Following on from the exam last Friday, we are reviewing  the resources we produce, and would welcome feedback / suggestions on what you would like to see produced to support you and your students in preparing for this Paper 3 Context exam next year.  In addition, if your centre plans to follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business specification we have two essential assessment resources in the pipeline.  These are being launched by 7 September 2017 and can be pre-ordered NOW.  SAMPLE material is available upon request or downloading from our website. 


Resources for The New Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business Specification

Get ready for the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Business Specification starting this September with APT’s Topic & End of Theme Test Papers + Printable & Interactive Multiple Choice Questions

By September 2017 APT will have published the following 2 resources for Theme 1: Investigating Small Business, which can be PRE-ORDERED NOW

7 Topic and ‘End of Theme’ Test Papers for £54 (+vat):

This resource allows you to start testing and developing students’ knowledge and exam skills, either as homework, or in more formal exam conditions, within just 4 weeks of starting the course, and at regular intervals thereafter.  The questions have been written in the style of the sample assessment material produced by Edexcel for ‘Section A’ of the Paper 1 Examination.   In detail the resource contains:                                       

  • 98 ‘Section A’ style Paper 1 Exam questions testing core knowledge and understanding of Theme 1
  • 1 and 2-mark ‘multiple choice’, 3-mark ‘explain’ and 6-mark ‘discuss’ questions
  • Tests on each of the 5 topics and sub-topics relating to Theme 1
  • 42 A4 photocopiable / printable sheets
  • 7 sets (6 pages) of 30-35 minute tests, with each test containing 14 questions worth 35 marks
  • 1 test on each of the 5 Topic areas – testing students at regular intervals throughout their first year
  • 2 ‘End of Theme’ tests on any aspect of Theme 1 – ideal for use as ‘End of Year’ test papers
  • A highly comprehensive range of possible responses / answers.

The question papers could also be used as worksheets – with students researching topics / sub-topics independently to find answers to the questions posed. 

The answers section could also be used to support the teaching of each topic – due to the highly comprehensive range of responses provided.

A bank of 100 Multiple Choice Questions from £35 (+vat):

This highly extensive question bank provides a comprehensive, thorough means of assessing students’ core knowledge and understanding of Theme 1, AFTER students have completed their study of the Theme.  In detail it consists of: 

  • 10 sets of 10 multiple choice questions that can easily be tested, marked and discussed in class, or completed by students independently, with each set of 10 questions testing knowledge and understanding of any aspect of Theme 1
  • 1 and 2-mark questions (in line with Edexcel’s sample assessment material)
  • Questions on every topic and sub-topic listed in the Theme 1 specification
  • Explanations for every question posed – to consolidate knowledge and understanding.

The resource can be supplied as: 

  • Printable test papers – for teachers to issue to students as formal tests to complete in class, in a set time (for £35 +vat)
  • Interactive PowerPoint questions – for use on a computer (and intranet) – for students to complete in their own time, or during class as a group exercise (for £45 +vat)
  • Printable test papers AND Interactive PowerPoint questions (for £75 +vat).  

By 24 April 2018 APT will have published the above two resources for Theme 2: Building a Business. These can also be PRE-ORDERED NOW.  (We will also be bringing out full mock exam papers for use from December 2018) 

Click HERE to the sample material, which includes a sample from the Topic and End of Theme Tests and the Bank of Multiple Choice Questions from Theme 1 – Investigating Small Business.

Both sets of resources – for Theme 1 AND Theme 2 – can be pre-ordered TODAY, details below:  together at a discounted price – refer to the order details below. 

Topic and End of Theme Test Papers for Theme 1 Investigating Small Business – £54 (+VAT)

100 Multiple Choice Questions for Theme 1 Investigating Small Business – Printable Tests – £35 (+VAT)

Theme 1Interactive PowerPoints – £45 (+VAT)

Theme 1Printable AND Interactive – £75 (+VAT) 

Theme 2 – £54 (+VAT)

Theme 2Printable Tests – £35 (+VAT)

Theme 2Interactive PowerPoints – £45 (+VAT)

Theme 2Printable AND Interactive – £75 (+VAT) 

Topic and End of Theme Test Papers – Covering the Entire Specification (Themes 1 & 2) – £99 (+VAT)

200 Multiple Choice Questions – Covering the Entire SpecificationPrintable Tests – £65 (+VAT)

200 Multiple Choice Questions – Covering the Entire SpecificationInteractive Tests – £85 (+VAT)

200 Multiple Choice Questions – Covering the Entire SpecificationPrintable & Interactive Tests – £135 (+VAT) 

Resources can be ordered and paid for online and instantly downloaded or emailed upon publication, or sent on CD at an additional P&P charge of £2.50.  We can also supply the resource and subsequently invoice your school/college. 

All APT resources are licensed for staff and up to 60 students to use, in any given year, attending the purchasing institution, ie the individual school / college.


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New Resources for Economics – Chance to win £50 of high street shop Gift Vouchers…

What Economics resources do you need for this September? 

Click HERE to complete our brief Survey by this Friday (16 June 2017) to let us know what resources / support you would like to see provided for the AS, A Level and the new GCSE Economics Specifications.  Completion of the questionnaire will only take a few minutes and will automatically enter you into a competition for £50 of high street shop gift vouchers.  The winner will be announced on the 29 June 2017 and vouchers despatched shortly after. 

Throughout this year APT has brought out a range of resources to assess students taking AS and A Level Economics Examinations, focusing on practice papers and multiple-choice questions testing all aspects of the Economics specifications (for AQA and Edexcel A so far).  However, there may also be specific topics you would like support with, possibly in the form of developing as opposed to assessing knowledge and understanding.  If so, we would like to know what these topics are and what format you would like these resources to take. 

Further information about APT is provided below: 

For the last 18 years APT has been a leading, quality provider of timesaving and grade enhancing resources for Business and Economics, supplying thousands of teachers and students across the UK and overseas.  APT has produced a wide variety of resources, and run hundreds of intensive revision seminars for students, as well as courses for staff in the following areas: 

  • A Level Business
  • A Level Economics
  • GCSE Business
  • GCSE Applied Business 

Click Here to see a full list of our current products / order form.  Download free APT resources today from here:

Edexcel AL Business – Paper 3 Exam – Essential Revision for Students

With just under 3 weeks to go until the Edexcel A Level Business Paper 3 Exam (Investigating business in a competitive environment) on the 23rd June, students can benefit hugely by using our revision resources.  

Students can now purchase the following essential resources directly from APT’s website to support them with their revision for the Edexcel A Level Business June 2017 Paper 3 Context Exam on the Health and Fitness Industry: APT’s Essential Revision Summaries and Mock Exam Paper, Mark Scheme and Example Model Answers

Individual students can purchase a single user licence OR if there are several students they can club together and buy the multiple user licence:

The above resources are part of a set of six resources designed for Edexcel’s A Level Business 2017 Paper 3 Context Examination, APT’s Complete Context Companion 

Feedback Received on APT’s Resources for Pre-Released Contexts and Themes: 

“The theme materials you provided were excellent and suited every level of teaching.  I only wish that I had ordered earlier in the year.”
Gareth Moran, Rye St Antony School. 

Click here to download free sample material. 

Wishing you every success in the forthcoming exams.