Are you considering studying a business degree? Wondering whether it's the right path for you? Our Subject Spotlight is here to help you make up your mind.

Why study business?

A business degree may seem generic - but that’s what makes it all the more worthwhile, especially for those unsure of which professional path they’d like to take after graduation.

The knowledge and skills you acquire while studying for a business degree are highly transferable; in fact, they’re applicable to almost any industry you could think of.

Flexibility is undoubtedly one of the best things about business. Fashion, technology, finance, sport… No matter where your passion lies, business will play an integral part.

Not only does this allow you free rein of the jobs market once you graduate – it also means you’d be able to switch industries with ease should you want to, rather than being restricted by the skillset you’ve obtained from your degree.

A business degree won’t be bad for your back pocket either! In 2017, a Business Insider article supported with research from Emolument identified accounting, business and finance degrees as equal third for highest ranking graduate salaries.

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Is business right for me?

The best thing about business is that it’s suitable to people with all sorts of different interests and skillsets.

Are you good with numbers? Confident leading a team? Maybe you’re a dab hand at planning and organisation. Perhaps you’re a budding entrepreneur, with a desire to open your own business. Here’s the good news: business is perfect for any one of you.

Studying business allows you the chance to develop an extensive set of skills that you’re able to utilise in all walks of life.

From marketing and human resources through to management, a business is made up of many layers; whether you already know which area you’d like to go into or want to explore each of them and see which is right for you, a business degree will prove highly beneficial.

Is it a good career path to choose?

Imagine a world without business. It’s pretty hard to do, right? How would we acquire the things we want and need? Food, clothes, pharmaceuticals, gadgets… Where would we spend our well-deserved down time? There’d be no restaurants, bars, cinemas…

Despite a certain amount of job uncertainty these days, there will always be a demand for business and that’s exactly why a business-related career is one of the safest choices you could make.

The flexibility is another bonus. Where some degrees restrict the career path you can choose after graduation, business lifts these restrictions and provides you with full control over the industry and area you go into.

What type of job could I get?

There are a vast number of job roles you could acquire with a business degree. These include:

Business analyst

Project manager

Operational researcher

Marketing executive

Data scientist

Chartered management accountant

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, the knowledge and skills you acquire on a business degree would also be ideal in assisting you to launch your own business.

What salary could I expect?

This really depends on the area of business you go into and also the location you’ll be working in.

If you’re interested in marketing and job hunting in the UK, you could be looking at a starting salary around £21,000, while human resources has a slightly higher average entry salary of £24,000.

If you’re committed to your studies and opt for an MBA, payscale.com indicates that MBA graduates could expect to earn a salary of £40,000 and upwards.

What type of qualification will I get?

At Arden, we offer BA Business in both distance learning and blended learning formats. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). For those after a postgraduate programme, we offer the MBA, which is available at our study centres, as well as online. This is also CMI accredited.

For those who want their business degree to have a specific direction, we offer a variety of combined and special-focus degrees in areas such as law, tourism and human resource management. You can find a full list here.

Do I have to go to university full-time?

If you think you’d like to study a business degree, you don’t have to commit to full-time study and a life on campus.

Arden offers blended learning, which gives you the chance to experience the best of both worlds: you will attend classes at one of our study centres two or three days a week, and carry out any additional studying at home. It’s the modern way to study a business degree - great for anyone who wants to work while they study, or those who are raising a family.

There’s also distance learning, where you can study entirely online in your own time and fit your degree around any existing commitments you might have.

How long will it take?

Our undergraduate courses take between three and six years to complete, depending on how many hours a week you can commit to studying. Postgraduate courses can take anything between a year-and-a-half and six years to complete.

What entry requirements are there?

Typically, we ask that anyone enrolling onto an undergraduate degree has two A Levels and three GCSEs grade C or above or equivalent. If you don’t have the required qualifications, you can always study a foundation year prior to a full degree.

For a postgraduate degree you should have completed an undergraduate qualification.

For those without formal qualifications, we also take relevant work experience into account when reviewing your application.

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