To support you over the next few months in determining students’ final grades, APT’s Companion contains a range of resources, based on a context that students will find highly interesting, enjoyable and accessible, that will help you to:
- test your students on a variety of specification topics across all four themes.
- determine your students’ final grades.
- provide evidence to submit to the exam board to justify your students’ grades.
- keep your students focused for the remainder of this academic year.
APT’s Complete Context Companion for Edexcel A Level Business contains information sheets and a wide range of NEW, unseen exam-style questions that teachers can pick and choose from to assess students and help to determine their final grades. The context and stimulus for the exam-style questions is that originally set by the exam board for this year’s Paper 3 exam on the Fast Food / Take-away and Restaurant Industry. Besides helping to assess and determine students’ final grades for this academic year, these resources can also be used in future years to teach and assess students’ knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topic areas in a given context – providing plenty of exam practice for Paper 1 and for Paper 2.
The resource includes information on over 50 different fast food / take-away and restaurant businesses (see below), and a wide range of questions (60+) covering a wide range of specification topics across all 4 themes (see below), with detailed mark schemes / answers to the questions posed. Click HERE to view detailed sample material.
APT’s Complete Context Companion includes the following:
- Two PowerPoint Presentations – to launch the fast food / take-away and restaurant context to students, including lessons learnt from previous examinations.
- Revision & Research Leads Booklet – links to relevant research and identification of specification topics particularly relevant to this context – providing the option for students to independently research and make notes on the given context.
- Information Sheets – key facts and figures and essential business theory relating to the context – providing interesting reading material relating to the context – to issue to students prior to assessing them across a wide range of specification topics (using the questions and practice paper below).
- Exam Question Worksheets – with stimulus material and a wide range of questions with space to write down answers, and Comprehensive Answers to the questions posed.
- A Full Exam Paper, with space to write down answers, and Detailed Mark Schemes / Answers.
Information is provided on the following businesses:
- Fast food outlets: McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Leon, Wrapchic
- Traditional takeaway outlets such as fish and chip shops
- Bakeries and sandwich bars: Greggs, Subway, Pret a Manger and Eat, The West Cornwall Pasty Company
- Mainstream / casual dining (mid-priced) restaurants: Nando’s, Harvester, Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, Frankie & Benny’s, Toby Carvery, Bella Italia, Wagamama, Ask Italian, Five Guys, Prezzo, Zizzi, Café Rouge, Chiquito, Bill’s, Carluccio’s, YO! (formerly Yo! Sushi), Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Crown Carvery, Table Table, Byron, Browns, Giraffe, Garfunkel’s, Strada, Jamie’s Italian. Groups / Parent companies that own several of the above branded / themed restaurants: The Restaurant Group plc, Mitchells & Butlers plc, Whitbread plc, Azzurri Group Ltd.
- Fine dining (higher-priced) restaurants: The Black Swan (North Yorkshire), The Fat Duck (Berkshire), The Rick Stein Group of Restaurants (also falls in the other categories)
- Mobile / Pop-up restaurants and takeaways: Big Apple Hot Dogs, Zan FishExpress
- Third party operators providing online ordering and delivery services (ie those besides the fast food / take-away and restaurant outlets themselves): Just Eat, Deliveroo, and UberEats.
- Recipe box companies: Hello Fresh, Gousto, Abel & Cole, Riverford, Mindful Chef, Little Cook Box
Within the Set of 20 Exam Question Worksheets and Full Exam Paper, there are a total of 65 questions: Forty-two 8, 10, 12 & 20 mark questions, and twenty-three short-answer / calculation questions (1, 2, 4 & 5 marks). Questions cover a wide range of specification topic areas including:
1.1.1 The Market
1.2.1 Demand: Factors leading to a change in demand
1.2.2 Supply: Factors leading to a change in supply
1.2.4 Price elasticity of demand
1.2.5 Income elasticity of demand
1.3.1 Product / Service Design
1.3.2 Branding and promotion
1.3.3 Pricing strategies
1.3.5 Marketing strategy: Consumer behaviour – how businesses develop customer loyalty.
1.4.1 Approaches to staffing
1.4.4 Motivation in theory and practice
1.5.4 Forms of business: Sole Trader, Private limited company (Ltd), Franchising.
1.5.5 Business Choices
1.5.6 Moving from an entrepreneur to a leader
2.1.2 External finance
2.2.1 Sales forecasting
2.2.2 Sales, revenue and costs
2.2.4 Budgets: Purpose of budgets; difficulties of budgeting
2.3.3 Business failure
2.4.1 Production, productivity and efficiency
2.4.3 Stock control
2.5.1 Economic influences: The effect on businesses of changes in inflation
2.5.3 The competitive environment
3.1.4 Impact of external influences
3.2.1 Problems arising from growth
3.2.2 Mergers and takeovers
3.2.4 Reasons for staying small – Small business survival in competitive markets
3.3.2 Investment appraisal
3.4.4 Business ethics
3.5.3 Human resources
3.6.1 Causes and effects of change
4.2.1 Conditions that prompt trade
(4.2.3 Assessment of a country as a production location)
4.4.1 The impact of MNCs
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