Why should I study Business Studies?

Why should I study this subject?

Business Studies is an enjoyable topical subject that is highly regarded by employers and Higher Education

institutions alike. It will help you to understand the nature and purpose of business, the different forms they come in, how they operate and the decisions they make in response to internal and external environmental factors.

What will I study?

The course looks at businesses as a whole, across four functions (Marketing, Finance, HR, and Operations and in the context of their external and competitive environments. It will be invaluable to you when embarking on any professional career.

In the second year, students are encouraged to think more strategically about the business as a whole. The two year course additionally covers the following topics:

  • Analysing business performance through financial and non-financial information
  • SWOT analysis
  • The impact of threats in the business environment, and the extent to which different businesses are affected
  • Investment appraisal
  • Innovation
  • Managing change in a business
  • The impact of threats in the business environment, and the extent to which different businesses are affected
  • Organisational culture
  • Why business strategy fails.


What are the entry requirements?

Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here


What skills do I need?

Previous knowledge of the subject is not required.

A genuine interest in current affairs and business numerate, with an ability to handle data and information

How will I be taught? Activities are used to encourage active student involvement in your learning. Lessons will involve discussions, group work challenges, exam practice and the use of video and digital resources.

Students will be increasingly encouraged to work and think independently throughout the course of their studies.

How will I be assessed? The A-Level is assessed by means of three examinations, each of 2 hours duration, at the end of the second year, which contribute to your overall grade. The exam papers contain multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay, and case study questions, often using real life case studies.

What will the course prepare me for? Students will develop the knowledge and skills to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions- all skills needed for further study and employment.

Business Studies students follow a variety of pathways, into employment, higher education and apprenticeships. You will have a head-start in careers/degree courses in accountancy, banking, retail management, human resources and marketing. You will gain a valuable insight into the business world which will add value to your studies.


How much private study should I expect to do? As an approximate guideline Year 12 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each week. Year 13 subjects four to five hours each week.

What materials will I need to purchase? Pens, a calculator and ruler

What is the exam board? AQA


This subject is for you if

you have a genuine interest in the world of business and how it operates, and you’re looking for a subject which will give you an opportunity to research business issues.


This subject is not for you if

you’re not interest in current affairs, and want an easy option.


‘I have enjoyed studying key case studies that have been in the news recently, and having the ability to relate these to the business studies theory learnt in lessons’

Megan Freeborn, The Kings school


‘I feel business studies is an interesting course which explores how and why businesses exist, beyond simply selling products for profit, whilst developing your analytical skills ready to apply to the real world’

Ryan Bates, Wakefield City Academy