Mr Y Moosajee
As both Business Studies and Economics are Social Sciences the skills needed to succeed in both disciplines are similar.
Both subjects have overlapping content which is why it is advised that Business Studies and Economics should not be studied together.
Business Studies pupils will examine business behaviour and how businesses should be run in order to make a profit. It’s a more practical, problem based subject. Ultimately the Business Studies course focuses on business organisations by looking at two aspects in particular:
Economics includes some of these aspects, but only as one minor part, as Economics covers a much broader area than Business Studies. For instance, Economics looks at the international economic scene, as well as the role that the government plays in the sections of the economy that are still run by the state, and those sections that have been privatized.
Economics is both a theoretical subject as well as being contemporary and real life discipline. Pupils will learn about how local, national and international economies operate and the how governments can influence and regulate industry behaviour.