Someone help me with Buss4 AQA please? I'm breaking down😞😖

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Guys I'm not understanding the research task- like how many companies am I meant to research and what exactly am I meant to find out? Atm I know nothing for this exam and I just need some guidance on what and how to prepare for this exam ( I'm sitting it privately without a teacher/school/college or tuition)...is it hard to get an A in this exam? Is April and May sufficient to get up to A grade standard for this exam?
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Hi I don't know if you will find this useful or not as I am not taking the June 2015 exam, however I did take the exam in June 2014. I am ashamed to admit that I did not revise for this paper. When I say that, I mean I did a tiny, little bit the night before (amongst all of my other exams I just ran out of time) however I came out of the exam with an A grade.

What I will say is, this exam is highly based on your exam technique. My business studies teacher emphasised the importance of exam technique, and how it needed to be on point in order to get into the high score bands. I think this is how I achieved an A, as I just applied what I was taught in lessons to the paper. It literally is about the 'PEEL' technique (Point, Explain, Evaluate, Link back to question).

This link should help you in writing the essay itself. If I were you I would practise this technique over and over. My old teacher said that even one solid good paragraph with PEEL can put you into the high bands. (I found Tutor2u extremely helpful for BUSS4 tips too, I attended their conference and they mentioned everything that I am talking about now): http://beta.tutor2u.net/business/blo...basics-of-peel

Regarding the companies, I would learn three in detail which is what my teacher recommended. I did not do this because as I said I did not revise as well as I could have, however I did remember important bits and bobs from two companies that I made relevant to the question. Do not learn anything that is irrelevant as this is a waste of time.

Make sure you add some theory as well, like the models e.g. Ansoff Matrix, Porters Five Forces as these get you easy marks.

Good luck!
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I'm sitting the June exam too, and would recommend everything stated above. However, I'm going a slightly different approach and reading relevant articles daily in the lead up to the exam. With these articles, I'm fully analysing them. For example, the recent Heinz-Kraft merger could be analysed using both of Porter's theories and Ansoff's Matrix. This practices exam technique and will allow me to compare businesses in the exam. HOWEVER, I would also recommend researching three UK Plcs in detail for use in section A and section B. See the Tutor2u "Top Ten" for ideas on these.
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(Original post by geeee11)
Hi I don't know if you will find this useful or not as I am not taking the June 2015 exam, however I did take the exam in June 2014. I am ashamed to admit that I did not revise for this paper. When I say that, I mean I did a tiny, little bit the night before (amongst all of my other exams I just ran out of time) however I came out of the exam with an A grade.

What I will say is, this exam is highly based on your exam technique. My business studies teacher emphasised the importance of exam technique, and how it needed to be on point in order to get into the high score bands. I think this is how I achieved an A, as I just applied what I was taught in lessons to the paper. It literally is about the 'PEEL' technique (Point, Explain, Evaluate, Link back to question).

This link should help you in writing the essay itself. If I were you I would practise this technique over and over. My old teacher said that even one solid good paragraph with PEEL can put you into the high bands. (I found Tutor2u extremely helpful for BUSS4 tips too, I attended their conference and they mentioned everything that I am talking about now): http://beta.tutor2u.net/business/blo...basics-of-peel

Regarding the companies, I would learn three in detail which is what my teacher recommended. I did not do this because as I said I did not revise as well as I could have, however I did remember important bits and bobs from two companies that I made relevant to the question. Do not learn anything that is irrelevant as this is a waste of time.

Make sure you add some theory as well, like the models e.g. Ansoff Matrix, Porters Five Forces as these get you easy marks.

Good luck!
Thanks! Amazingly helpful tips there!!! What would you recommend to learn the content from inside out? As for the three companies, which companies can I use?
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Thanks! Amazingly helpful tips there!!! What would you recommend to learn the content from inside out? As for the three companies, which companies can I use?
No problem I can mainly suggest... Don't just memorise the whole of the text books, that will be pointless at it is likely you won't need it or remember it. I don't think I even used the textbooks for BUSS4.

For your research task (Section A I think) I'm not sure what companies you will use, as my research topic was based on China so I had to find companies specific to the bullet points which were given in the prerelease.

I think this link will also help you with your research theme as it is related to the June 2015 exam and tells you what to find that is relevant: http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/med...A.pdf?ext=.pdf
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Thanks! Amazingly helpful tips there!!! What would you recommend to learn the content from inside out? As for the three companies, which companies can I use?
There is a lot of manufacturing info on Jaguar Land Rover and GlaxoSmithKline!
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How do you use those theories correctly?
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No problem I can mainly suggest... Don't just memorise the whole of the text books, that will be pointless at it is likely you won't need it or remember it. I don't think I even used the textbooks for BUSS4.

For your research task (Section A I think) I'm not sure what companies you will use, as my research topic was based on China so I had to find companies specific to the bullet points which were given in the prerelease.

I think this link will also help you with your research theme as it is related to the June 2015 exam and tells you what to find that is relevant: http://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/med...A.pdf?ext=.pdf
How do you use the theories correctly?
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If anyone could respond to this that would be great! I know all the theories well but have never been able to apply them to questions? Thanks!
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Applying theories is easy; just think about it in a business context. For example, if you're making a point about the opportunities of manufacturing in the UK and your point refers to the fact that technology such as 3D printing provides an opportunity, you could mention the fact that JLR uses an objet-500 Connex 3D printer which now accounts for 1/3 of their manufacturing of specialist parts. This has enabled the business to achieve "high quality" and "precise" productions as a spokesman of theirs stated, which perhaps enables them to make higher quality products in order to meet both their reputation for high quality via differentiation as depicted by Porter's Generic Strategy, which therefore provides the firm with a basis for achieving a high market share (such as being projected to double sales by 2020), and therefore depicting how the opportunity of 3D printing has enabled UK manufacturers the opportunity to differentiate.

It's not exactly the format I'd use for a point; it was unplanned and off the top of my head but it gives you a rough idea of how you can apply theory I hope.
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