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Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE business if taken. Grade 6 in GCSE mathematics and Grade 5 in English language.

Course Content

Why business?
This course introduces you to the dynamic business environment and the importance of entrepreneurial activity in creating business opportunities and sustaining business growth. You’ll develop a wide range of essential skills required for higher education and employment.
You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a place on our Career Ready programme which includes talks by guru lecturers, visits, work experience and links with mentors in the world of work.
A degree in this subject is a traditional route to a range of careers in business management, international business and other business related courses at Russell Group universities. Many business students also take advantage of school leaver schemes andapprenticeships.
Course content
The focus of this course is to nurture an enthusiasm for studying business using contemporary contexts, allowing learners to develop an appreciation of the strategic, complex and inter-related nature of business issues from a local to a global perspective.
Through three main components – business opportunities and functions, business analysis and strategy, and business in a changing world – you’ll gain an understanding of the important role played by small businesses in the economy and the opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs, as well as the importance of established business and not-for-profit organisations in providing goods and services.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What's the difference between economics and business?

Economics looks at the whole economy while business is more focused on individual companies

Is it a disadvantage if I have not studied business for GCSE?


What skills are needed to be successful in business?

Good with numbers; able to tell a story with data; analytical; good business writing - few adjectives, concise and precise, problem solving mind

How good does my maths need to be to succeed on business?

Good GCSE maths is essential for A level business.
However, if you want to go on to study for a degree in economics you are strongly advised to do maths A level

Which subjects does business go well in combination with?

Maths, history, politics, geography, psychology

What careers will business lead to?

Wide range of careers in finance, banking, journalism, law and education.
“Everything you learn in business you can use in your life. It prepares you for the business world.
Moving from GCSE Business to A level felt comfortable because a lot of the topics are similar, but you expand on them and learn about them in more depth.
We’ve never felt out of place at Woodhouse. It feels like a big family and we all take care of each other here.”
Friern Barnet School

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