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Business Studies A Level at South Wiltshire UTC

Course description

Studying Business gives you a deep understanding of how organisations from sole traders to global corporations operate and make decisions.

You’ll discover what drives good decision-making in areas like:
- strategy;
- finance;
- marketing;
- production/service development;
- change management;
- market research; and
- the management of people.

Whatever career you eventually pursue, Business will help you understand the culture and context of the organisation you work in and maximise your own contribution.

There is some overlap with Economics, although it is more about the external environment in which businesses operate and the performance of the economy as a whole, so you wouldn’t normally study both unless you were sure you wanted a future career in business or management.

Entry requirements

You don’t need to have studied Business at GCSE to do well at A Level. Previous subjects that will help you do well in studying business are English (for essay writing), Maths (to understand diagrams and business data), History and Engineering. Business combines well with most subjects because it helps explain what makes private and public sector organisations operate effectively.

Assessment

There are end of course exams combining multiple choice/short responses to business examples or data with longer “extended response” questions based on detailed case studies. Extended response questions allow you to demonstrate your understanding of issues such as the global business environment, business ethics and competitive strategy.

Future opportunities

Business is a popular university subject because it can give entry to management roles in a wide range of organisations or help you set up your own business. Careers associated with the study of business include marketing, accountancy, training, human resource management, banking and consultancy. It links well with Science and Engineering careers because it explains concepts such as investment, efficiency, strategy and motivation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wiltshire UTC directly.

Last updated date: 28 July 2015
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