Curriculum

Business and Economics

Department aims

A level Economics is a challenging and dynamic subject which fully engages its learners in trying to understand and solve the economic problems facing society today.

In a typical lesson learners may be acting as the chancellor making public spending decisions or as an entrepreneur identifying ways to stimulate economic growth.

As an Economics student you will develop an enquiring, critical and thoughtful mind and learn how to problem solve and evaluate solutions. Economics is aimed at learners with an academic profile who want to impress university admissions officers and employers with a good grade in one of the most highly regarded subjects.

SOME TOPICS STUDIED:

  • The Economic Problem
  • Demand and Supply
  • Allocation of Resources
  • Production and Efficiency
  • Market Failure
  • Government Intervention
  • Measuring Macroeconomic Performance
  • The Circular Flow of income
  • Macroeconomic Policies
  • The Firms Objectives, Costs and Revenues
  • Competitive Markets
  • Concentrated Markets
  • The Labour Market
  • Managing the National Economy
  • The International Economy

Staff (includes roles)

Mrs E. Williams (Head of Department)
Mrs S. Jepson

Useful websites

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/economics
https://www.tutor2u.net/economics

Department aims

Regardless of whether you are aiming to be an accountant or a doctor you will one day work in a business organisation. In everyday life you are affected continuously by the decisions that business people make.

As ambitious young adults you will aspire to be the leaders of tomorrow and will therefore have to lead and manage people within a business organisation.  You will have to motivate your workers and manage their productivity.

Studying Business at A level will help you understand how a Business organisation works.  It will help you develop your own leadership style whilst running an enterprise Business and you will learn some of the techniques that can be used effectively to motivate people.

Business A level can complement any combination of subjects and is one of the most useful, versatile and interesting subjects young learners can take.

SOME TOPICS STUDIED:

  • Enterprise
  • Developing Business Plans
  • Market research
  • Raising Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Quality
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing
  • Work Force Planning
  • External Environment
  • The Economy
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Technology
  • Managing Change
  • Leadership Strategies

Staff (includes roles)

Mrs E. Williams (Head of Department)
Mrs S. Jepson

Useful websites

https://www.tutor2u.net/business
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects

Department aims

You would like to go to University but are not sure that the A level route suits you; the Diploma course is an equivalent to two GCE A Levels and the top Distinction grade is accepted at some of the Russell Group Universities.

You should study BTEC Business if:

  • You prefer a more practical way of learning
  • You have an interest in running your own business
  • You are prepared to take guidance to become independent and active learners

In year 1 you will study:

  • Exploring Business—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework.
  • It investigates the structures of two contrasting business and how this contributes to their success. It also investigates how the external environment effect businesses.
  • Recruitment and Selection—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework. This looks at the documentation needed in the recruitment and selection process and role plays interviewing techniques.
  • Marketing Campaign—this is an externally assessed unit that is a set task. This looks at successful marketing campaigns and how they are developed.
  • Personal and Business Finance—This is an externally assessed unit in the form of an exam. This looks at the different aspects of finance in terms of mortgages and savings accounts as well as accounting within a business.

In year 2 you will study:

  • Managing an event—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework based. Students look at how events are planned and the issues that need to be considered such as health and safety.
  • International Business—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework. This looks at how businesses have adapted due to globalisation.
  • Principles of business—this is an externally assessed unit that is a set task. This unit looks at the management styles and differing cultures within businesses.
  • Team Building—this is an internally assessed unit that is coursework . This unit looks at different roles within a team and how to build a successful cohesive team.

Staff (includes roles)

Mrs E. Williams (Head of Department)
Mrs S. Jepson
Ms A. Atherton
Ms L. Dudley
Mr C. Bradbury

Useful websites

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/business-2016.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments