Why study Business?

Have you ever wondered how Ryanair can sell its plane tickets for a fraction of the price charged by other airlines such as B.A. and still be a highly profitable business? Or what causes once successful companies such as Tesco and Gap, to go into decline? And why has Sainsbury teamed up with EDF Energy to supply electricity and gas? If you decide to study Business you will be able to answer these questions and a whole lot more. Studying Business will give you a critical insight into modern effective management. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the entrepreneur and business in society.

Tell me more….

Business and management is a growing subject at both undergraduate and post graduate level. There are now over a hundred MBA courses on offer in the UK and the numbers of students enrolling on them are increasing. At degree level many universities offer options to combine Business with a language; in today’s globalised business environment this might be an option worth considering. The Department is keen to develop the practical applications of business concepts by exploring events in the business world using up to the minute business case studies produced in-house. Guest speakers and business visits will also form part of your programme of study.

Will I enjoy it?

Business A Level will help you whatever your career aspirations. The challenges and issues of starting a new business will obviously appeal to budding entrepreneurs. Business would also suit those interested in a career in management working for a top company. Firms value young people that already have a good basic knowledge of business and financial issues, such as the ability to read a company balance sheet; unlike those that have not studied business and management they can hit the ground running and make an immediate impact. Business would also be a useful subject for those intending to enter a profession. Over the last decade professional managers have taken up an increasingly prominent role in running Britain’s hospitals and schools. Prospective GP’s would certainly benefit from an elementary knowledge of budgeting and investment appraisal. It is also relevant to you. How do you market a product, motivate people to get the best out of them, communicate and organise efficiently, plan for the unexpected, and manage money? These are life skills you can use now and wherever you work in future.

Business Department Staff
  • Nigel Watson - Head of Department
    Nigel has taught A Level Business since the late 1980s.  Before joining St Catherine’s in 2006 he taught IB Business and Management at an international school in Finland. In addition to his teaching, he enjoys writing about the subject, and is the co-author of the market leading textbook for A Level Business, which is now in its sixth edition. He is also a regular contributor to Business Review, which is a magazine targeted at A Level students. In the field of business and management his specific interests include: business ethics, lean production and motivation theory, especially the work of Frederick Herzberg. In his spare time Nigel currently plays cricket for Puttenham CC, and in the winter he watches Morecambe FC whenever they play in the south.
  • Mrs Susan Weighell
    Sue has been teaching A level Business Studies at St Catherine’s since September 2004. She has many years business experience having worked in a variety of roles for organisations such as Marks and Spencer plc, and the City law firm Slaughter and May. Her particular area of interest is the impact of different leadership and management styles on the competitiveness of organisations.