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Business Studies: Beyond the Classroom

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

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Business is a subject that introduces students to the world of business organisations, trading markets and government policies used to manage economic resources. Business is the study of how we create and run successful businesses. What does it take to become an entrepreneur and start your own company? What are the different parts of a business that need to be managed? Is profit the most important thing or are there other factors which play a more significant role in growing a great business?


  • High quality newspapers e.g. The Times, Guardian, Telegraph
  • Autobiographies of leading business people e.g. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Karen Brady or Alan Sugar
  • Good quality business and economics textbooks (also in our library) e.g. 'Good to Great' – Jim Collins, 'The idea in You' – Martin Amor Visit


  • The Apprentice or The Dragons Den (BBC TV)
  • The Evening News on a daily basis (BBC or C4)
  • The Money Programme (BBC TV)

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  • Gain work experience from a business that you know well.
  • Visit a business who's owner you know well – ask about how they ensure customer satisfaction, do market research, maximise revenue, etc.
  • Take a trip to a large tourist attraction e.g. Harry Potter Studios to consider the business opportunities within the entertainment industry

Make & Do

  • The best way to learn about business is to try and do it yourself. For instance you could try to sell some items you no longer need on eBay or make some basic items (e.g. Jewellery) and sell these. You will learn business by doing!



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