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Business and Economics

Head of Department: Mr Andrew Mussenden

Sixth form students have a raft of choices in the fields of Business and Economics, suitable for students who want to be the next Lord Sugar or the next Mark Carney.

Business A Level

From September 2015 we will be offering a brand new updated specification with an exciting but real business focus with assessments based on real business problems and real opportunities. This will be rigorous and gritty yet tremendously stimulating.

This new specification supports progression from GCSE in Business by building on the understanding developed, while removing unnecessary repetition. It is also designed to ensure that students who are new to the subject are appropriately supported. The main areas for study include marketing, management of business activities, business decision-making and strategy, and finally global businesses and international trade.

The students will learn in class through expert tuition but also where possible via visits and through the use of invited speakers.

We will follow the Edexcel specification. Assessment will take place after two years with the students taking three separate examinations.

Extra-curricular opportunities include a trip to the Bank of England for a tour and presentation on monetary policy, and a residential overseas trip to China planned for 2016.

Further information on admission criteria will be available on this site in due course.

Economics A Level

The master-economist must possess a rare combination of gifts... He must be mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher -- in some degree. He must understand symbols and speak in words... He must study the present in the light of the past for the purposes of the future. No part of man's nature or his institutions must be entirely outside his regard.
John Maynard Keynes

We all have infinite wants and needs but only finite resources. This is the fundamental economic problem upon which the subject is largely based.

A Level economists study both micro-economics (the study of individual markets) and macro-economics (the study of national and international markets). This includes an analysis of business economics, globalisation and the impact of government policies, as well as key economic theories. Students will learn to think like an economist, to be able to argue, analyse, explain and evaluate and to be able to come to a reasoned judgement on many of the most topical issues of the day. Whilst theoretical in parts economics touches the gritty real worlds of inflation, unemployment, inequality, poverty, national debt and human behaviour.

Extra-curricular opportunities include the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Bank of England Target 2.0 Challenge, and a visit to the Royal Economic Society Annual Public Lecture as well as potential overseas visit. (A trip to China is planned for 2016.)

We follow the Edexcel specification. Assessment is through a range of examination tasks, including data analysis and longer essay responses to questions about economic models.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

Economics (B) A Level

This course offers great continuity for those that studied Business at GCSE but also opens the door to the exciting and extremely topical subject of economics.

The course uses economic theories & models in real business contexts. Students will be interested in both how businesses work and grow, and the wider economic context in which they operate. They learn about business development, the characteristics of successful businesses and business finance. They also learn about fundamental economic principles including supply and demand models, the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy, and government economic policy.

Extra-curricular opportunities include a trip to the Bank of England for a tour and presentation on monetary policy, as well as potential overseas visit. (A trip to China is planned for 2016.)

We follow the Edexcel specification. Assessment is entirely through examination.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

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