I'm finding it quite difficult to choose my a-level options and right now I am contemplating on choosing business studies. I feel as if it is very useful for in the future, however I'm not sure if it's a subject worth choosing if I haven't done it already as a GCSE subject. I know that this may be the case for a lot of people, but what do you guys think?
Business studies is mostly common sense. The only tough bit for my course was using sources and talking about them (similar to geography).
A lot of people choose things that they haven't studied at GCSE. Not all high schools offer courses such as Business Studies, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Law etc. I know I certainly wasn't, the only subjects I had to choose from were languages, facilitating humanities and the arts. It can be beneficial to take subjects you have never studied before, especially if you're considering doing them at University or they link to the job you want to do. I had never done Politics before, I do it now as an AS student and now I want a degree in it. It may seem like you're going in blind, but the reality is that because of the increase in difficulty from GCSE to A level, the chances of the spec/exam being similar is slim and if it is, you won't be at a disadvantage for not studying it as like I said, the difficulty can often mean that everyone is in the same boat. For example, taking GCSE history doesn't really prepare you for a level history as you basically get untaught everything that you have been trained to do for the GCSE exam. So, you should be fine!
A friend of mine did not study GCSE Geography. She then did A Level Geography and studies it at University now - definitely possible!
I chose psychology a-level and had never done it before and now I am going to do it at uni so it's definitely worth doing it if you're interested in the subject!