Business & Economics
The Business and Economics Department is a thriving department, running a range of courses from Years 10 – 13. Business GCSE is a very popular option choice at GCSE and A-Level. A-Level Economics is offered to Sixth Form students. We use real Business cases and the economic environment in our lessons. Students are encouraged to keep up-to date with current Business affairs and to read and keep up-to date with the dynamic business environment and the economy. Students have to bring this context into their work and this strengthens their preparedness for exams and their understanding of the real world alike.
Key Stage 4
EDEXCEL GCSE Business Studies is offered from Years 10 - 11. This course explores the legal structures of businesses as well as the marketing, finance, human resource and operational considerations of running businesses. The GCSE exam comprises 2 exams that are taken at the end of Year 11.
Key Stage 5
EDEXCEL Economics (B) A-Level: This is a 2 year linear course with 3 final exams at the end of Year 13. The course considers both microeconomic theory and macroeconomic concepts; we consider the role of banks and other financial institutions that impact the economy and we study Behavioural Economics to help us explain some of the more recent economic events.
This is a 2 year course that comprises research tasks and project work, controlled assessments and exams. This wide range of assessments makes the course more focused on real-world business ideas and on theoretical concepts. Students study personal and business finance and will develop a marketing campaign for a selected business.
Facilities and Staffing
We have 3 dedicated teaching rooms, each fully equipped with a set of computers or laptops for students to use as well the most up-to-date text books. The Department is staffed with 3 full time specialist teachers who have industry experience as well as having taught Business and Economics at University level.