Business Studies & Economics
Head of Department
Mrs M Bennett
Business studies is introduced into the curriculum at the end of Key Stage 3 when girls are given the opportunity to participate in an exciting enterprise challenge designed to broaden their thinking, develop their entrepreneurial skills and work in teams to achieve specific objectives. It is taught in mixed ability groups at all key stages.
Key Stage 4: GCSE
Girls can opt to study a combination of business studies and IT at Key Stage 4 by working towards a GCSE in Business Communication Systems. The course provides a combination of business studies and IT skills and consists of a practical element, heavily under-pinned by theory from both the IT and business studies subject disciplines.
Key Stage 5: A Level
Girls can opt to study towards A Levels in Business Studies and /or Economics and/or ICT Girls need not have studied any of these subjects at Key Stage 4 to succeed in years 12 and 13 at either of these subjects.
A Level Business Studies aims to help girls to develop an understanding of business organisations, the markets they serve and how they add value. They will develop skills in marketing, finance, operations/production/logistics and human resource management as well as gaining an appreciation of the ways in which the external environment has an impact on businesses.
A Level Economics aims to provide an insight into key issues in the news affecting everyday life. The study of economics focuses on the ways in which finite resources such as labour and capital are put to use. Its scope is vast, from the most meagre exchange of goods to the workings of the stock market to the use of Government and international policies to influence the economic landscape. It is an extremely well regarded subject by both employers and universities.