Anyone who has anything to do with education - academics, administrators, parents, and students all ponder the wisdom of expecting students to know what they want to do for the rest of their life when they are hardly more than children. To wit, when you choose your GCSE subjects, you have practically no real-world experience or any concrete idea of just how capable you are.
Let's say, for example, that you have an unusual talent for learning languages. You only discover your talent a decade after you've settled into a career in a field that, at the time, seemed the best fit for you (but you may not have liked). But now, with your extraordinary ability to speak different languages...
Sure, you can always change jobs. The only trouble is that, once again, you'll be starting out at the bottom again - low wages, less job security. You may have a family to provide for or the world might be a different place than when you had all your options open.
That's why, as you select your GCSE and A-Levels subjects, you should choose the ones that give you the most latitude when it comes time to choose which career path you will follow. Subjects that arm you with marketable skills but don't limit you to a narrow selection of jobs.
Business Studies checks all of those boxes and others.
Come with your Superprof now as we explore all you need to know about Business Studies, where you can find help to master the topics and what kind of work you could find with Business Studies on your CV.
What's In the GCSE Business Studies Syllabus?
So, here you are, roughly two years into your teens and expected to choose the courses that will likely shape your future. Luckily, you have a lot of guidance: your parents and other relatives, your teachers, school advisers and perhaps even your academic coach.
It's great to get so much input but what do you want to study?
Whether you'd like to move into the world of high finance or open an accounting firm, you can learn the basics of those businesses in Business Studies. What if you'd rather manage a shop, work in construction or teach diversity training in a Fortune 500 company?
The Business Studies curriculum primes you for all of those positions, too. In fact, this GCSE subject covers so much ground, it will prepare you to work in virtually any industry you can imagine.
What makes this course so great is that it builds on the skills every worker should have, no matter what industry they work in. It covers life skills such as Maths and English, and then goes on to help you develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and other tactical areas of business such as planning, risk-taking and how to maximise profit margins.
You'll note that these skills are not specific to any industry; they are useful in practically every type of business you can think of. That should make you wonder how they are taught.
The Business Studies curriculum includes lessons in:
- How to recruit and choose employees, and how to keep employees motivated
- How to work within industries' markets and understand customers' needs
- Finance: global, national, local and how they reflect on businesses' profits and losses
- What it takes to keep a successful business running
- Business' impact on the environment and vice versa
- Ethical considerations for businesses
- How globalisation impacts local businesses
These are just a few topics that the Business Studies curriculum covers. To learn more about what GCSE Business Studies syllabus covers and what you'll gain from it, you should read our full-length article.
Where Can You Find a Business Studies Tutor?
Business Studies is considered inter-disciplinary, meaning that it covers topics from a variety of subjects from psychology to economics and management. As you launch yourself into your lessons and realise how all-encompassing they are, you might realise that a bit of extra help wouldn't hurt.
The trouble is, should you look for a tutor for every aspect of the course you're having trouble with?
What if you have trouble understanding the financial module or you don't quite get the economics portion? Should you seek support from a maths tutor, an accounting major or one who specialises in economics? And who should you call on to gain knowledge about ethics and marketing?
There is no reason you can't engage a tutor for support in the module or modules you're struggling to master but... wouldn't it be easier to find a tutor who has successfully completed the Business Studies curriculum?
If you're a GCSE student, you could visit your local college to see if any A-Levels students in Business Studies courses could help you. Likewise, if you're in college and have chosen this subject, you might check at your nearby university to see if anyone majoring in Business would mind earning a bit of cash to help you in your studies.
Unfortunately, in these pandemic times, schools may only hold lessons online so you may only find deserted campuses if you go there. However, the boom of online lessons is a boon for you in your search for academic support.
Tutoring agencies have long recognised the potential for giving lessons over the internet. Many local and national tutoring agencies have set up websites so that you can learn with a tutor from anywhere in the country, from London to Edinburgh, as long as they have the right credentials.
This transition to online learning also gave rise to internet-based tutoring companies like Superprof.
Superprof makes finding your ideal tutor a snap. Simply type your city and what subject you need support in and your search will return pages of qualified tutors. No need to worry whether they're local; each tutor's profile page will show you whether they give lessons online and, if so, how much they charge.
Superprof is not the only tutoring company on the web and online is not the only place to find a tutor for your Business Studies lessons. We've listed all of the ways you could find a tutor in a separate article.
What's In the A-Level Business Studies Syllabus?
People generally assume that, if you're in a college Business Studies course, you sat the GCSE Business exam. That doesn't have to be the case; the A-Level programme is not built upon the lower-level curriculum - even though it covers all of the same elements, just in greater depth.
So, if you didn't sit the Business GCSE and are scrambling to choose which A-Level courses to take, rest assured that Business Studies is still an option.
As we mentioned before, this course contains aspects of many disciplines; some scientific - all of the maths-related ones and others related to Humanities studies. You'll explore concepts related to psychology, law and communication while gaining an in-depth knowledge of English and the particular vocabulary related to business.
Many of the study modules that make up the GCSE-level course are the same as the A-Level syllabus but the college-level modules allow for greater exploration of each covered subject. For instance, you will learn what it takes to open a business and keep it running; something that's only glossed over in the GCSE curriculum.
Business Studies is a popular choice for first-year college students because you can do so much with this Business credential. Whether you want to study economics, psychology or even major in English, UCAS and the universities you apply to will accept your Business Studies A-Level results as a qualifier for the degree programme you want.
Care to find out other ways that A-Level Business Studies can help you get ahead?
What Kind of Job Can You Do With Business Studies?
If you accept that Business Studies teaches the knowledge and skills for a range of university studies, you also must believe that it opens just as many doors professionally. The best part is that, if you're worried about costs for university placement - maybe you never intended to enrol in any university programme, you can list on your Business Studies achievements on your CV.
Maybe you'll get fast-tracked into a management position!
After a bit of on-the-job training, you may be promoted to a management position in a shop or, if you'd rather work in an office, you could become a section manager, a team leader or the company's training manager.
You probably won't be hired to head up a forensic accounting team with your A-Level results but you could certainly work on such a team. You could also work in a company's accounting section and, if you show yourself as particularly adept, you may even join the firm's planning team.
If you've ever wandered around a shopping centre, you may have been asked to fill out a survey or participate in a focus group. If you've ever wondered who designs those surveys and what they do with all the data they collect, this is your chance to find out!
With your education in marketing, you could be the one designing those surveys, conducting focus groups and drawing conclusions from the respondents' answers.
You could also work in public affairs. Imagine being a part of the team that builds and protects industry leaders' images, answers questions about them and manages their social media accounts. With your training in communications, this too is a career that is open to you.
Bear in mind that the better, higher-paying positions will invariably go to those who have a university degree but, with the growing demand for employees in these fields, even without an undergraduate's degree, you could at least get your foot in the door of so many industries.
How many? Discover them all in our full report.