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Business Studies

We believe that Business & Economics are not only subjects in their own right, but an integral component of everyday life in the twenty first century. The department's philosophy is to inspire and develop a passion for learning business and economics. We aim to put theory into context with relevant and up to date business examples. We deliver a structured spiral curriculum as concepts covered at KS 4 support and are extended at KS5.

KS4 students are exposed to new concepts throughout the course, they start with gaining an understanding for small business and build up to gaining an understanding of how larger organisations work by the end of the course. They are introduced to the theory behind enterprise and entrepreneurs, marketing, finance and business ownership. The second half of the course develops their understanding of how each functional area contributes to the running of an organisation. They are also introduced to external influences and their impact on business decisions.

Our curriculum at Key Stage 5 consolidates prior learning. Students revisit theory and the key skills covered at KS4 and ensures that students with no prior knowledge of Business Studies or Economics can access the curriculum. There is a key focus on globalisation, operations management, finance and human resources. Students develop the ability to draw upon skills and content from several parts of the curriculum to answer challenging questions. We focus on developing students’ knowledge of the real business world and develop their research skills so that they can effectively research industries and make judgements regarding business performance and business decisions.