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Guide to studying Business & Management Studies

What is Business & Management Studies?

  • A Business & Management Studies degree is concerned with the way in which a company or organisation operates and functions
  • This can include the financial, administrative and marketing sides of a business.
  • Check out the exact courses which fall under Business & Management Studies here: Management Studies, Human Resource Management & Business Studies

Why study Business & Management Studies?

  • You should study a Business & Management Studies degree if you want to gain a deep understanding of how organisations function as one unified force of business.
  • Studying a Business & Management Studies degree gives you great employability, reflected in the Graduate Prospects scores shown on our Subject League Table for this discipline. 
  • By studying Business & Management Studies you can accrue a broad set of skills which leave career choices wide open. Extrapolatable skills like leadership, financial awareness, team work and computing are all extremely valuable to any job.
  • Check out our article 'Nine reasons to Study Business & Management Studies' for further reasons to embark on this degree.  

Coursework, Assessment & Exams

  • At most institutions assessment will be a mixture of exams, coursework, presentations, group and solo work, essays and seminar performance. 
  • Exams are usually sat in January and May/June, at the end of each Teaching block.
  • Many institutions also encourage students to undertake work experience at some point during their degree, in order to provide vocational experience. 

What degree can I get?

What qualifications do I need?

  • Always check with your chosen institution to make sure of their entry standards. 

Use our CUG course Chooser to filter your search results when looking for Business & Management Studies courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

These postgrad courses increase employability by developing previously learned skills to an even higher standard.

Graduate job prospects

*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?  

  • Business & Management Studies graduates earn above the average graduate starting salary. 
  • Typical career paths include Management Consultancy, Human Resource management, Marketing, Insurance companies. 
  • These are competitive areas of work, and so hard work is required to ensure a high return. 
  • Check out our Career Guide for Business & Management Studies.

Next page: Eight Reasons to Study a Business & Management Studies Degree


Controlled Assessment

Useful Downloads

The marks for Unit 2 must be submitted electronically

GCSE Business Events
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Agreement Trial PowerPoint Presentation - E-Moderation summer 2016
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 December 2015

Controlled Assessment Exemplar
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 August 2011

Controlled Assessment Exemplar Report
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 February 2014

Controlled Assessment Student Guide
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 January 2010

E-Moderation Summer 2016 Agreement Trials Handout
(PDF), Last Updated: 10 December 2015

Presentation for Agreement Trials
(PDF), Last Updated: 18 November 2013

Student Guidance Controlled Assessment
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 August 2011

Teacher Guidance Controlled Assessment
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 August 2011

In GCSE Business Studies, students must complete one controlled assessment task. We provide a range of tasks to choose from in September each year.

The controlled assessment task is worth 25 percent of the final award. It may test students on any aspect of the specification’s content.

Students have a time limit of 12 hours to carry out research for their chosen task. They then have a time limit of 3 hours to write a report. They must write this report within 4 weeks of completing their research. They must complete all aspects of the task independently.

Teachers mark the tasks using the criteria that we provide, and we moderate them.

For more information, see the specification.

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