business studies

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A curriculum subject which focuses on business‐related topics such as marketing, organizational structures, business legislation, finance, and human resource management. Courses and awards are available at most levels, including at General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), General Certificate of Education (GCE), Advanced Level, degree, and postgraduate levels. A well‐established subject in further education colleges from the 1970s onwards, it has more recently been included in the curriculum of some secondary schools, particularly as an option in Year 12. It is classed as a vocational subject, and was one of the most popular options for students enrolling on a General Certificate of National Vocational Qualifications in the 1990s. It now forms one of the options on the 14–19 Diploma. See also Business and Technology Education Council.

Subjects: Education.

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