Business

Why should I study this subject?

Key contemporary developments in the labour market such as digital technology, big data and the impact of globalisation are considered within the business curriculum. Opportunities to interact with industry is firmly embedded in the curriculum and students have regular opportunities to apply key employability skills in both the classroom and in the wider work-related opportunities that being a business student offers.

What will I study?

In the first year you’ll be looking at topics such as, the reasons businesses exist and the different structures they have, from large PLCs to small sole trader businesses, management, leadership and decision-making within them, how businesses anticipate and meet customer wants and needs through marketing, how they produce the goods and services, Operations management, the importance of finance to a business including costs and profitability, sources of finance, and management of people through their Human Resources function.

In the second year, students are encouraged to think more ‘strategically’ about the business as a whole. The two year course, therefore, 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
·         Organisational culture
·         Why business strategy fails.

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.