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Why study Business?

Business Studies A-level is a good choice for anyone interested in the world of commerce and entrepreneurship. It's a great way to prepare for university courses in the fields of business and management and to equip yourself with the know-how to start up your own business or follow a career in finance, accounting, marketing, or management post-university. 

Throughout the course, you will engage with the world of business through the context of current developments and real situations. You will learn how management, leadership and decision-making can improve performance in marketing, operational, financial, and human resources. You will also explore the interrelated nature of business activities and the effect they have, be they large or small, UK or internationally focused and in different sectors such as the service sector or manufacturing. 

What will I study? How will I be assessed? 

Within the proposed AQA specification, topics covered include ‘What is Business?’, managers, leadership and decision-making, strategic analysis of the position of a business, choosing strategic direction, and managing strategic change. Assessment is by way of three final exams at the end of the second year. There is no coursework. 

What skills will I gain? Where can Business Studies lead?

Even if you don’t aspire to become a budding entrepreneur, there’s plenty to gain from the subject:  

  • Planning and decision-making capabilities 

  • Mathematical skills 

  • Adaptability and flexibility   

  • Understanding how businesses function 

  • Analytical skills 

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving 

  • Financial management 

  • Leadership skills 

  • Marketing 

A-level Business is a pragmatic and useful subject and can open up a wide range of career opportunities. Some potential career paths include management, marketing, finance, and human resources. The skills you'll gain from studying the subject can be applied to a wide range of other fields, from politics and law to journalism and education. Overall, a Business Studies A-level can be an excellent way to develop your skills, expand your knowledge, and prepare for your future career.