Business studies

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A knowledge of business and business processes can be useful in many different jobs including roles within the administrative and clerical job family, accountancy, banking and finance, and retail sales and customer services. It will also be useful if you are thinking about setting up your own business or being self-employed in the future.

Applied and job-related learning

There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs, and diplomas) linked to an interest in business, such as: 

  • accounting
  • business
  • business administration and office skills
  • enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • information technology
  • hospitality
  • travel and tourism


There is a wide range of apprenticeships that link to an interest in business. These include:

  • personal assistant
  • customer service assistant
  • helpdesk professional
  • database administrator
  • duty manager
  • sales assistant
  • front of house manager

Academic subjects — such as A levels

  • You can study business, applied business, business studies, business marketing, and economics.
  • Related subjects include law, accounting, maths, statistics, additional maths, government and politics, and psychology.