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So I’m struggling choosing between business management and doing business/marketing as a course in uni. Was originally going to do psychology but changed my mind. Can anyone tell me the difference between the two and which one would be better?
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Business management is a degree that teaches you management related techniques.
Business/marketing, to my knowledge, teaches you business/marketing from an academic standpoint.

The differences in the big scope of things is minor, but I think you should be able to teach with a degree in Business Studies only though. You will need a marketing degree in order to qualify for degree level exemptions with Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), since neither of the business degrees would suffice.

Business management will involve a lot of management theory involving psychology etc. e.g. organisational behaviour. You occasionally get the odd subjects that talk about business in general e.g. business strategy, business ethics, introduction to business. I think some of the units you will have to do will involve economics, stats, IT, accounting, marketing. If I had to say, I think business management degrees are more akin to MBAs (with a big step down) than business degrees.

Which degree is more useful will depend on what you intend to do with the degree after uni.
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Business management is a degree that teaches you management related techniques.
Business/marketing, to my knowledge, teaches you business/marketing from an academic standpoint.

The differences in the big scope of things is minor, but I think you should be able to teach with a degree in Business Studies only though. You will need a marketing degree in order to qualify for degree level exemptions with Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), since neither of the business degrees would suffice.

Business management will involve a lot of management theory involving psychology etc. e.g. organisational behaviour. You occasionally get the odd subjects that talk about business in general e.g. business strategy, business ethics, introduction to business. I think some of the units you will have to do will involve economics, stats, IT, accounting, marketing. If I had to say, I think business management degrees are more akin to MBAs (with a big step down) than business degrees.

Which degree is more useful will depend on what you intend to do with the degree after uni.
Is it generally harder to study business management? I’ve not studied business as a subject before so I’m worried I won’t have enough to say in my personal statement
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I'm not sure, since what's hard with vary between people. I did a part business management degree, so I don't know how hard it will be for a business/marketing degree for sure.

Business in general involves a lot of writing and reading. If you're reading from the Harvard Business Review, you're good. There should be a magazine called the Business Review for A Level Business studies students.
The occasional thing I would throw in would be reading from the Financial Times, The Economist, Entrepreneur, Inc.com, BBC Business.

Business studies is not a complex subject per se, but it involves a lot of qualitative discussions (aka waffling and opinions). The technical parts will involve analysis and maths generally up to GCSE level (indicies, division, multiplication, addition, subtraction). So, not difficult really.
If you have to do a stats module (applies to marketing, management, and business) they might need you to know about hypothesis testing, but that applies for social sciences in general. If you were intending on doing psychology, I presume you would have covered this anyway.

If you need to, you can get an A Level Business Studies revision guide for an idea on how difficult the material will be.
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Hiya! Sorry if this is too late but...! So this is my personal opinion please feel free to ignore and go against just my opinion! But I would personally say if you’re unsure go for straight business rather than marketing. Whilst business degree vary massively from uni to uni generally they will all give you an overview into all aspects of business and this opens so many doors and opportunities as well as giving you the chance to get to know the areas and a feel as to what suits you and what you like. Whilst choosing your area of business such as marketing can be beneficial as you haven’t done business before I would recommend that getting an overview then specialising later on is better to ensure you are in the right area for you. In terms of business vs business management, it really depends on the course they are often the same! I take business at Exeter penryn campus and it’s called business rather than business management to avoid confusion with the course at the main campus of business management. There are differences in course in terms of module so the penryn one is really sustainability focused but it is also a management degree! But really recommend looking into the modules and potentially printing up or writing up a list of all the compulsory modules of each uni you’re looking at to get a feel for what you’re learn in each and how much you can tailor the degree with optional modules. I wouldn’t say business is “hard” in the sense of many of the concepts are pretty much common sense! It’s more about the application of them! Business is a subject where you don’t have to take it previously so because of this they teach it as if you haven’t learnt it before. However I would recommend buying an a level textbook to flick through as I found in first year a lot of the stuff we covered built on what I learnt at a level and it made it easier to learn concepts as had that base level, but none of my friends had taken business and hasn’t hindered them what so ever. Feel free to reach out if have any questions hope this helped in some way!
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Is it generally harder to study business management? I’ve not studied business as a subject before so I’m worried I won’t have enough to say in my personal statement
Sorry, forgot to mention that general marketing degrees can provide you with exemptions for a professional marketing qualification e.g. CIM.
Having said that, I think it's cheaper and quicker to do the professional qualification through a college that studing a degree in the subject.
Should you wish to do a bit more research in the professional qualifications (there are 3 to my knowledge, but CIM is my preferred choice), then do so.

If you do a business degree, it would unfortunately not allow you exemptions for a professional marketing qualification to my knowledge.
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Is it generally harder to study business management? I’ve not studied business as a subject before so I’m worried I won’t have enough to say in my personal statement
Hi! I'm Elena, a second year Business Management student at Surrey.

I have not studied psychology, so wouldn't be able to compare them or their difficulty. However, I think if you're interested in business you should go for it! If you work hard, I'm sure you'll be able to get the results you want. You can check out the Business Management degree at Surrey and the different pathways here. At Surrey, you'll also have plenty of opportunities to meet new people as there are more than 150 different clubs and societies!

As for your personal statement, having studied business before would definitely help, but if you have any relevant experience make sure to talk about that! You can also show the passion on the subject by talking about any interesting business books or articles you've read. But Surrey does not require you to have a Business A-Level or GCSE, so don't worry about it too much. Just talk about your transfareable skills and your passion.

Here's a guide on how to write a personal statement in case you want to go through it.

I hope that helped. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Elena, Business Management Rep.
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