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Down to brass tacks: Our guide to business degrees

Business degrees offer learners a wealth of transferable workplace skills and great employment opportunities, so it’s no surprise they’re a popular choice for undergraduate students. However, business is a general term covering a vast number of areas and as a result, there are many kinds of business degrees to choose from. Below, we look at some of the most popular options, discuss what is covered, and offer some suggestions on where they could lead.

By Grant Longstaff. Published 18 July 2023.

What A Levels do I need to study for a business degree?

Before you’re able to complete any degree you’ll need A Levels or an equivalent qualification, such as a Level 3 BTEC. Each university and course will have its own entry requirements, but generally, you’ll need three A Levels and GCSEs in Maths and English. You’ll also find most institutions don’t require any specific A Levels, so your subject choices are entirely up to you, but it’s always good to use UCAS and check university entry requirements.

Types of business degree

Accounting and Finance

If you’re interested in working within the financial sector then an accounting or finance degree could be the perfect option for you. You’ll cover a range of topics, and the career options can be varied, but it’s still worthwhile thinking about your future and taking the time to explore what each course offers. An accounting degree may lend itself to a range of accountancy roles, such as a chartered or forensic accountant, whereas a finance degree might better prepare you for roles in banking, investment, or procurement. We offer BSc Accounting with Finance so we have you covered, regardless of which way you see your financial career heading.

Business management and administration

A degree in business management or administration will develop your understanding of how a company is run, covering organisational structure, resource management, sales, and finance. There are many career opportunities open to graduates as they have such a broad range of skills. You can explore our Career Finder pages to see some potential career paths. Ultimately, if you know you want to work in the business world, but you’re unsure where your future lies, then a business management course could be a good option. Find out more about our BSc Business Management degree and see if it’s right for you. 


If you’re interested in both business and law you could consider a degree which covers both areas. A business with law degree will combine the fundamental aspects of a business degree with essential legal knowledge for the business world. For instance, we offer a BSc Business Management with Law which includes modules on business law, contract law, and employment law. If you wanted to work as an in-house lawyer for an organisation then this could be a good starting point.


Marketing is a cornerstone of any successful company and as a result, people with knowledge in this area of business make valuable assets. A marketing degree will cover a range of important strategies for successfully promoting any venture in the constantly evolving sectors of media and digital marketing. You’ll develop critical thinking, good communication skills, and a creative flair. Necessary attributes to excel in the field. Our BSc (Hons) Business Management with Marketing is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), adding extra weight to the qualification.

International Business

The world of business is increasingly a global endeavour and the need for individuals with the skills to help navigate cross-border trading is growing. A degree in international business will help develop these attributes and could lead to a job with the potential for work-related travel and the opportunity to experience other cultures and labour markets. We offer a BSc in International Strategic Business and Management, perfect if international business operation interests you.

And more…

The beauty of a business degree is that they provide a solid foundation on which to build your career, regardless of your aspirations. Many of the skills you’ll gain are interchangeable. For instance, a marketing degree could lead to a role in public relations and business management could be beneficial for a career in human resources. Research the course and choose the one that best suits you. There’s also the option for further study after completing your degree. You could take a master’s degree to gain skills in a specific career specialism, such as Project Management. A worthwhile consideration whether you’re looking to enhance your skills or even change career.

Wherever you want to go in the business world, there’s a course for you.


Explore our range of undergraduate business degrees and enrol today.