Countries where Business Studies are taught include Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Business Studies can be taken as part of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) option for Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 at secondary school, and also can be taken as part of a GCE Advanced Level (A-level) course in Year 12 and Year 13. It includes a range of subjects, which give the student general understanding of the various elements of running a business. Subjects covered include, but are not limited to: Business Organization, People in Business, Marketing, Operations & Production, Finance, and Strategic Management.
The University of Cambridge considers Business Studies not to be a 'traditional academic subject', although taking Business Studies individually will not disadvantage students as long as it is identified as 'essential' or 'desirable' for the course being applied for. It is also suitable when applying for economics at university, if the college the candidate comes from does not offer the economics A-level individually.
After finishing secondary school, students in Hungary have the option of either taking an accredited 2-4 semester business course and obtaining a certificate, or applying to college or university. Students can also take part in a 2-semester preparatory business course to have a greater chance of getting accepted by a university. Hungarian business education has been organized according to the Bologna system since 2006. As the first stage of the multi-cycle educational system, a Bachelor’s degree can be earned within 6-8 semesters. In case a student wishes to further his or her studies, they can opt for a Master’s program lasting another 2-4 semesters.