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Complete Context Companion for Edexcel A Level Business PAPER 3 Summer 2021 exam – NEW

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This year’s Complete Context Companion for Edexcel’s Paper 3 Exam (Investigating Business in a Competitive Environment) includes:

  • An Introductory PowerPoint Presentation – to launch this Summer’s (2021) Paper 3 exam and Edexcel’s Pre-release Material 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 year’s context.
  • Information Sheets – key facts and figures and essential business theory relating to the context.
  • Exam Practice Worksheets – with stimulus material and a range of practice questions including Comprehensive Answers to the questions posed.
  • A Full Practice (Mock) Exam Paper, with Detailed Mark Schemes / Answers.

Further detail on each of these resources is provided under Product Information below.

Since the June 2018 exam, this Complete Context Companion has been devised / updated to take into account the following:

  • research undertaken from hundreds of Edexcel centres on what they would like to see included in our companion to support the Paper 3 exam.
  • up-to-date Examiner’s reports on student’s performance over the last 3 years in the Edexcel A Level Business Paper 3 exam.

The author – our Director Claire Baker – is a highly experienced teacher, examiner and author of hundreds of A Level Business resources, used by thousands of teachers and students across the UK and overseas. She is highly familiar with Edexcel A Level (and GCSE) Business mark schemes, investing in CPD to ensure up-to-date, accurate knowledge and understanding of the requirements of this particular specification.

Product Information


To launch this Summer’s (2021) Paper 3 exam:

  • PART 1: An Introductory PowerPoint Presentation (published in December 2020) – to introduce the requirements of the Edexcel A Level Business Paper 3 exam, including lessons learnt from previous examinations, and key aspects relating to this year’s context that students are advised to research in Edexcel’s Pre-release Material.

To develop sound knowledge and understanding of the 2021 context:

  1. PART 2: Revision and Research Leads Booklet: providing links to relevant research that can be accessed freely on the Internet, for students to independently undertake prior research into the 2021 context, as well as identifying topics in the Edexcel A Level Specification that are considered particularly relevant to this context.
  2. PART 3: Information Sheets on each bullet point students are advised to research in Edexcel’s ‘Pre-release Material’:

The above 2 resources (published on or before 31 January 2021) focus on providing students with a bank of relevant information they can draw upon in the exam to help write well-contextualised answers and present balanced arguments, both of which are crucial to secure high grades.

After studying each (bulleted) area students are advised to research in this year’s Edexcel’s Pre-release Material:

  1. PART 4 (a and b): EXAM PRACTICE WORKSHEETS containing stimulus material relating to a range of different businesses relevant to the context, and a wide range of questions, with space for students to write down their answers, and comprehensive answers to the questions posed.  The questions largely consist of 8, 10, 12 and 20 mark questions, but may also include some 2, 3 and 4-mark short-answer / calculation questions.  Questions cover a wide range of specification topics across all four themes.
  2. PART 5 (a and b): A FULL PRACTICE (MOCK) EXAM PAPER – based on the structure, style and format of recent examinations set by Edexcel (at the time of writing) for the A Level Business Paper 3 exam, with space for students to write down their answers, including mark schemes / detailed answers to the questions posed. Questions are included that touch upon all four themes.

These two sets of resources (published mid-February 2021) help to build students’ confidence in answering questions relating to the context and, in particular, develop their understanding and appreciation of the type of answers required and the skills they need to demonstrate to secure high grades.  Although the stimulus material is based on the 2021 Paper 3 context, these resources provide highly useful revision and relevant exam practice for Paper 1 and Paper 2, for this year’s exams and beyond.

Key Information

The purchase of this resource comes with a licence to make the resource available in digital and / or in print form (including photocopying) to staff and up to 60 students attending the purchasing institution (ie the individual school / college on a single site) in any given year.

The resource may be distributed via a secure virtual learning environment. It must not be made available on any public or insecure website or other platform.

The resource must not be distributed to other institutions that are members of the same academy chain or similar organisation; each individual institution must purchase their own copy of the resource direct from APT Initiatives Ltd.

The resource (or any part of the resource) must not be distributed to any other individual or organisation in any form, or by any means. Any person who does any unauthorised act in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages.

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