Why choose Business Studies A-level?

Business Studies A-level is a great 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.

Through Business Studies A-level, you'll engage with the world of business through the context of current business developments and real business situations. You'll learn how management, leadership and decision-making can improve performance in marketing, operational, financial and human resources. You'll also explore the interrelated nature of business activities and how they affect businesses, be they large or small, UK or internationally focussed and in different sectors such as service or manufacturing.

What will you study during Business Studies A-level?

Specific content covered within A-level Business Studies may vary from school to school, and depending on the exam board followed. Within the 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.

What skills will you get from studying Business?

You'll learn how to analyse competitive environments and markets; assess how ethical, environmental and technological factors influence decision making; use a range of quantitative and non-quantitative data to evaluate strategic and functional options; understand how decision made affect stakeholders and how they will respond.

You'll also develop your critical analysis, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

The knowledge and skills gained on this course can be utilised in a huge range of business and management fields, are transferable across many areas of study and professions and can be used to manage your personal decision-making, planning and finances.

What careers can the study of Business lead to?

A-level Business Studies opens up many options for students at university, and there are many courses available with permutations of Business/Management/Administration/ Accounting and Finance.

Business and Management graduates typically progress to careers in areas such as business development, marketing, recruitment and banking, although plenty of other options are available.

Top 20 universities for Business Studies (The Times)

1 University of Oxford
2 University of St Andrews
3 = University of Warwick
3 = University of Bath
5 Loughborough University
6 University of Leeds
7 Lancaster University
8 = University of Strathclyde
8 = University of Exeter
10 University College London
11 London School of Economics and Political Science
12 University of East Anglia
13 University of Southampton
14 University of York
15 Durham University
16 University of Bristol
17 King's College London
18 University of Aberdeen
19 = University of Stirling
19 = University of Birmingham
19 = University of Sheffield

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