What is the received view on GCSE Business Studies and Economics?
I gather that as A levels they are not too highly regarded by top universities, but will it colour a potential candidate's record to do them at GCSE?
The tricky thing is that they are on offer, they sound interesting, but in Yr9, no one's had any lessons in them yet.
As part of a balanced mixture of subjects at GCSE it does no harm at all, especially considering how many GCSEs some children take. At my children's school the Bus Studies groups have to form companies and devise & make things to sell at the October open evening - they learn some invaluable lessons in market research, marketing, budgeting, teamwork etc and have great fun, and occasionally even some profits! There is also other useful stuff about how businesses operate etc which is arguably no less useful than many other GCSEs... PLus I recall some interesting coursework on the factors that might influence a hypothetical new business setting up in several local sites (not sure if they learned about the banks refusing to extend credit though..)
Both my sons took this at GCSE (one followed to AS, but found he was repeating a lot of the same material and dropped it - he's now studying engineering at a good university, the other is at Oxford studying Maths)