Our aim is to broaden the knowledge and understanding of students of the business world and to develop within them an appreciation of the influences and constraints within which businesses work.
By acquiring an understanding of these issues and considering them in a national and international context, students will be able to develop their own values and standards. This will better prepare them for the workplace and help them to make informed choices about their future careers.
As a department we offer Business Studies and Economics at GCSE and A-Level. The subjects are very popular options with a larger portion of students choosing one of the subjects at GCSE and AS level. Business and Economics related courses are also one of the most popular degree courses for students from the school.
The department arranges trips to Chester Zoo, Manchester United and Cadbury’s World.
All students can expect a variety of activities, including independent learning. As a department we also emphasise applying knowledge to current affairs and real-life businesses.
Economics is seen as a vitally important area of study for any young person considering a career in industry, commerce or politics. The study of Economics is a study of how the world works.
It helps you understand more about how we can make the best possible use of the earth's scarce resources, the impact of government policies and the effects of globalisation.
What makes a luxury item such as a diamond more expensive than a necessity like water? Why should public transport be subsidised by the government? Do footballers deserve to be paid £120,000 per week? Should Britain join the single European currency? Why is China the fastest growing economy in the world and how will it affect me?
The aim of the course is to encourage an interest in and an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect your everyday life. The course content covers concepts, which affect individuals, organisations, societies, regions, nations and the global economy.
Economics has a wide range of applications in the workplace as well as being highly valued by universities for those wishing to continue their studies after A levels.
On the AS level (Year 1) you will study:
- Unit 1 Markets in Action
- Unit 2 National and International Economics
On the A2 level (Year 2) you will study:
- Unit 3 The Economics of Work and Leisure
- Unit 4 The Global Economy
Studying Economics at AS/A2 level does not require students to have studied the subject at GCSE level - in teaching the course we assume no prior knowledge.
AS/A level Economics can be used to gain entry into a wide variety of career areas, including accountancy and finance, industry and commerce, banking, insurance, journalism, public services, marketing, sales, retail management and human resource management. Economics is a highly respected and valued subject which opens up excellent opportunities. Economists are highly sought after - in fact, they are the second highest paid graduates! Specialist careers advice will be available from our Career's Advisor throughout your course