The Student Room Group

Business useless?

Is A level business completely useless?

I want to do it because i'm really good at it and i feel that way, it would be something I'd enjoy.

I hope to do something like psychology/criminology+law or something business related later in my life/

What's your opinion?>#
What are you doing at uni and what did you do at college?
Reply 1
Did business & both.

Don't let the idiots fool you in to thinking you can't get in to uni without business, i got offers from Warwick and B'ham and when this has come up before have seen multiple people saying they got offers from similar places. The only places that mention it (as it being a disadvantage) are a few in the top 5. Even then i know people who have got offers with it when they applied there, so it is no be all and end all.

So if you really do like it, and are good at it, take it. It will only be a disadvantage for you slightly if you apply for the likes of Oxbridge, even then it is nowhere near impossible.

The good & bad comes with the fact it is a 'broad' subject, mostly talking about a degree here. You do economics you learn just about economics, you do business degree and you are learning about economics, accounting, HR, about Organisations themselves, about the statistics and IT behind a business, about logistics, about finance, about operations and marketing, about business law etc etc etc.

It is a 'jack of all trades'

This is a bad thing, obviously, because you don't essentially specialize in one area, which some people say are the main points of university degree's.
It is a good thing, because you basically know more about the whole of a business than anyone, even those people doing economics, which is a very very good thing if you are actually passionate about business in the first place and just like to learn about every single thing involved.
(edited 12 years ago)
Reply 2
So is it good to do at A level?

I'm gonna do English Lit, Biology and Psychology at A level
And possibly business as i don't want to be bogged down and I want subject that I know i can defintely get an A in.

It's either business or history but i feel the work load would be very hard with that as well and is it necessary to do two essay subjects?
Could i do law with business at A level?
Could I do psychology degree at leeds with business at a level?
A level business is really good to have, i mean i havent done the a level itself and ive been accepted onto a business degree at university so you dont need it. If you do it however your stead at the subject will be really good. instead i have taken other subjects which will fix in with the road im taking into business like law and media so then all i really have to look at is the business aspect itself. the other parts will come easy
Its actually really useful to have as an A Level! It can open up a lot of opportunities.
I take business, with the three sciences. It has come in useful, as the Uni course I am going to apply to is Veterinary Nursing with Practice management :smile:

Business isn't a particularly hard subject either. If you're good at writing, then you should be fine!
Reply 5
I would definitely recommend doing Business at a level. I'm currently doing my AS in business studies, history, psychology and biology and business is my favourite out of them all!

The business studies course i'm doing at the moment is AQA and if you did GCSE then you'll be fine, as it's basically just going in depth of things already covered! As it's been mentioned before, if you're good at waffling with essays, then you'll be fine! :smile:
Reply 6
Yes! You've all filled me with confidence :smile:
So if i do English Lit, Biology, Psychology and Business, I'll have a good chance of going to uni and doing law or psychology?
I hope so!
It's just business and psychology are both considered 'non traditional'.
Reply 7
Yes! You've all filled me with confidence :smile:
So if i do English Lit, Biology, Psychology and Business, I'll have a good chance of going to uni and doing law or psychology?
I hope so!
It's just business and psychology are both considered 'non traditional'.
Reply 8
Seeing as we match on 3, thats clearly a good choice :wink:
They're definitely a good set of A levels to have! Some universities also consider psychology to be a science too, which keeps lots of doors open! :smile:
Reply 9
Original post by Hannah-xo.
Seeing as we match on 3, thats clearly a good choice :wink:
They're definitely a good set of A levels to have! Some universities also consider psychology to be a science too, which keeps lots of doors open! :smile:


Oooh what are you doing?
Reply 10
Original post by Bethanyyy-

Business Studies, Biology, Psychology & History..but I can't WAIT to drop history! :smile:
Reply 11
That's what I was gonna do, what grade did you get at GCSE history?
What grade are you getting now?
Is it THAT terrible?
Reply 12
I got an A at GCSE and I really really enjoyed it, as the course was really interesting...
but for AS history my course is so boring.. i'm doing Edexcel Option D, which is all about Russia in Revolution, Stalin and Ireland 1867-1922..
I find both really political (some people say that it overlaps on their politics course?!) and I HATE politics, so for me it's horrible!
But it would definitely depend on the course you did :smile:
...oh and I really hate my teacher, which doesn't help! :wink:
(edited 12 years ago)
Reply 13
I'm would be doing AQA ;
AS Level (Year 1)

Unit 1 - The Development of Germany 1871–1925

This unit provides an overview of the development of modern Germany from its emergence as a single state in 1871 through the years of the Second Reich, to the establishment and consolidation of the Weimar Republic by 1925. It takes as its major themes Germany’s economic growth, the impact of World War I and the interplay between modern democratic trends and authoritarian rule. An understanding of these factors will be developed through a study of key individuals like Otto von Bismarck, Wilhelm II, Friedrich Ebert and Gustav Stresemann. It engages with issues such as the rise of socialism, the political influence of the German elites and the ‘unfinished revolution’ of 1918–1919.

Unit 2 - A Sixties Social Revolution? British Society 1959-1975

This unit investigates the nature and extent of social and cultural change in Britain during the 1960s. The main emphasis will be on analysis and assessment of these changes and whether their impact can be interpreted as a social revolution or not. An examination of the 1960s will focus on the extent to which British values were transformed and will include a study of new trends in popular culture, the changing status and roles of women and youth, the importance of government legislation and the impact of immigration on Britain by 1975.

A2 Level (Year 2)

Unit 3 - Aspects of International Relations 1945–2004

This unit will develop your understanding of international conflicts and alliances that have shaped the modern world. You will study key events such as the Yalta Conference, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the SALT talks, the reasons for the start of the Cold War and its escalation. The collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s is covered in detail, together with the consequences of that collapse, such as the subsequent conflicts in Afghanistan and the Balkans.

Unit 4 - Independent Historical Enquiry

For this unit you will draw from a range of questions in order to research and develop an historical investigation, which is then submitted in the form of an extended essay of approximately 3,500 words. This is excellent preparation for the type of work you will undertake at university.

The sixties revolution stuff looks interesting :smile:
What are you gonna do at uni?
Reply 14
Ahh, that sounds so much better than mine! Then again, ANYTHING would be better than mine... :smile:
I want to do midwifery or psychology.. i'm looking more towards midwifery though :smile: yourself?
Reply 15
Original post by Tommyjw
Did business & both.

Don't let the idiots fool you in to thinking you can't get in to uni without business, i got offers from Warwick and B'ham and when this has come up before have seen multiple people saying they got offers from similar places. The only places that mention it (as it being a disadvantage) are a few in the top 5. Even then i know people who have got offers with it when they applied there, so it is no be all and end all.

So if you really do like it, and are good at it, take it. It will only be a disadvantage for you slightly if you apply for the likes of Oxbridge, even then it is nowhere near impossible.

The good & bad comes with the fact it is a 'broad' subject, mostly talking about a degree here. You do economics you learn just about economics, you do business degree and you are learning about economics, accounting, HR, about Organisations themselves, about the statistics and IT behind a business, about logistics, about finance, about operations and marketing, about business law etc etc etc.

It is a 'jack of all trades'

This is a bad thing, obviously, because you don't essentially specialize in one area, which some people say are the main points of university degree's.
It is a good thing, because you basically know more about the whole of a business than anyone, even those people doing economics, which is a very very good thing if you are actually passionate about business in the first place and just like to learn about every single thing involved.

Hi there I’m stuck on what a levels to pick and I wanna be either a pharmacy an accountant or get in cyber security and I don’t wanna do maths statistics further maths physics I am thinking of doing chemistry and biology for cyber and pharmacy and need one more related to accounting idk which to do from business studies and economics which do you recommend from this???
It's important to note that the usefulness of any qualification is not solely determined by the subject itself but also by how an individual applies and builds upon that knowledge.

Quick Reply

Latest