The Business Studies & Economics department teaches a range of option courses beginning in Year 10 (Key Stage 4) where GCSE studies may choose to pursue the Edexcel GCSE in Business Studies. This focuses initially on the skills and requirements for establishing a small business before moving on in Year 11 to examine issues that are faced as a business develops. We also offer the ifs CeFE qualification to students who are following the double award science course. This is designed to improve students awareness of financial issues that they will face as they get older and increase their capability to make informed decisions.
Key Stage 5 students may opt for Edexcel courses in either Business Studies or Economics. Business Studies allows students to develop an understanding of the functions within the business and the challenges of operating in a dynamic environment. Economics allows the students to gain a deeper understanding of how the world around them operates and the decisions taken that affect us all. Both subjects provide a varied and academically challenging course that encourages students to gain a greater understanding of the world around them.
We also offer the ifs Certificate in Financial Studies as an enrichment activity in the Sixth Form. This AS equivalent course develops students’ awareness of personal financial management, the types of products and providers available, and the need to make informed decisions.