Business Studies is practical, applied and exciting. It studies organisations and how they operate within their environment. The course involves looking in detail how today’s businesses carry out their various functions such as Marketing, Finance, Operations
Management and Human Resources Management. The course also looks at how outside agents, such as the Government and pressure groups, affect the behaviour of businesses. It makes you think about business critically, examining both favourable and unfavourable
aspects, using all sources of business information, not merely standard textbooks.
As well as the essential skills of communication, problem solving, application of number and working with others, Business Studies at AS level also develops a range of other skills:
- It provides a detailed knowledge of internal and external opportunities facing a firm.
- An understanding of the process of decision-making in a dynamic environment.
- It develops decision-making and problem-solving abilities.
The particular attraction of Business Studies is that, although it is an academic course, it is also a practical and relevant subject. It is helpful both in a careers sense by developing skills and specific interests and can also provide a useful basis
for degrees in Business Management. It combines well with any combination of AS subjects. A reasonable grade (A or B) at GCSE Mathematics will help with the Finance section of the course.
Many degree courses today include some Business Studies as they assume it will be of assistance to graduates in their future careers. You will find it in degree courses in engineering, science, foreign languages and many others. The applied nature of the
A-level course makes it a particularly appropriate starting point for these courses.
By laying the foundations of Business Studies in a way which focuses on the uses and application of ideas and theories, you will be better equipped to relate the content of your studies to your eventual working life. The material covered and the relationships
which are built up through the course will help you to understand how industry and commerce function within the economy.