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Head of Department: Mr C R Ross

Teachers: Mr S Cowley, Mr K Gornall, Mr B Holden

The Business and Economics department is one of the largest at A Level, while Business is one of the most popular options at GCSE. The department is dedicated not only to academic excellence, but to equip all students with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience for further study and ultimately for the world of work. [Updated October 2019]

Co-curricular activities

Young Enterprise and planned trips to national-scale businesses.

Individuals and organizations that are good react quickly to change. Individuals and organizations that are great create change.(Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers  Robert Kriegel)

GCSE: Years 10 and 11

GCSE Course Content

Year 10: Students begin by investigating how businesses operate in the real world, including how they set objectives, types of ownership, location decisions and expansion. They will then study choices made in marketing, as well as interpretation of financial accounts and examining sources of finance options.

Year 11: In their second year, students investigate external influences on business, such as the economy and changes in technology. They then investigate operations management and approaches to human resources.

Assessment / Examination – 2 exams (1.5 hours each)

Link to Specification:

Exam Board – AQA


A Level: Years 12 and 13

Entry requirement: GCSE grade 6 in Business or a 6 in another humanities subject, and a 6 in Maths.

To get an understanding of how businesses operate in an ever changing environment. Excellent for students considering any profession (everyone will work for an organisation!) and any degree course.

Year 12

Theme 1: Marketing and People

Theme 2: Finance and Operations

Year 13 

Theme 3: Strategic business decision making

Theme 4: Global business

3 exams at the end of Year 13

Examinations    A-Level
Paper 1:     Marketing, people and global business - themes 1, 4 - 35% - 2 hours
Paper 2:     Business activities, decisions and strategies - themes 2, 3 - 35% - 2 hours
Paper 3:    Investigating businesses in a competitive environment, 1, 2, 3, 4 - 30% - 2 hours

Exam Board: Edexcel


Careers Education

  • Through the subjects’ very nature, students will develop an understanding of the world of work. Students study the application process for jobs, the importance of the interview and workforce planning. They understand the changing dynamics of the labour market and how they can best plan for their future careers from this.
  • Strong links with AXA-PPP, who have hosted enterprise days with the help of Year 12 students
  • Mock interview process within GCSE and A Level Business
  • University and personal statement support
  • Enterprise education delivered by the department through drop-down days and Young Enterprise