Salesian School

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Business and Economics

Head of Department: Mr Andrew Mussenden

There has never been a more important time to become acquainted with economics or to learn about how the world of business operates. The courses offered here are contemporary, well-rounded, and challenging, and offer students the opportunity to better understand the nature of markets and individual businesses. We offer GCSE and A Level subjects that will prepare students for entrepreneurship and employment, with a particular record of success in developing teenage tycoons through the 'Young Enterprise' scheme, with the support of a network of local business advisors. Whether students dream of being their own boss, working for Alan Sugar or fancy solving the great economic problem, we have a got a course just right for them.

GCSE Business

An invaluable introduction to the exciting and dynamic world of business that will give students a first taste of the world that lies beyond the school gates. Students learn what we mean by 'enterprise', particularly in the context of running of small businesses. Their studies later expand to consider larger corporations, examining external factors that affect business decisions and analysing how organisations promote their products to the public and to what degree their behaviour is ethical.

The majority of the learning takes place in class aided by expert tuition, though occasionally supported by vising speakers with additional business experience. 

We follow the Edexcel syllabus. The course is assessed through a Controlled Assessment investigation into a small business chosen by the student, and by two examinations at the end of the course.

Extra-curricular opportunities have in the recent past have seen students enjoy marketing talks and events at Thorpe Park and Surrey University in the UK, and an overseas trip to New York City. In 2015-16 we hope to organise a visit to the Jaguar Landrover factory in Birmingham.

For more information, see the current GCSE Options Booklet.

Progression opportunities

In the Sixth Form we offer three A Levels: Business, Economics, and Economics (B), the last of these being the successor to the combined Economics & Business A Level. You can find out more on our Sixth Form pages.

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