Economics

In Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to study GCSE business as an optional subject. As the name implies, business is a subject that studies how businesses operate. This entails looking inside the business at functions such as production, marketing, finance and human resources management; as well as at the external forces that impact upon the business, including the political, economic, social and technological environment. The school follows the Pearson specification, which places particular emphasis on small business.

Sixth Form students have the opportunity to study A-level business and/or economics. Those taking business follow the Pearson specification, whilst those opting for economics are studying the CIE course. Economics is a subject concerned with the study of how people, individually and collectively, address the universal problems of scarce resources and unlimited wants. This involves microeconomic topics, such as how prices are determined, monopoly and wage setting; and macroeconomic topics, like inflation, unemployment and international trade.Both business and economics have dedicated teaching rooms, the latter in the new Sixth Form study area. Much of the learning materials and assessment is via Firefly, which enables students to submit work electronically and to receive and track feedback by the same method. Students in both business and economics take part in competitions, such as ifs Student Investor.

Both business and economics have dedicated teaching rooms, the latter in the new Sixth Form study area. Much of the learning materials and assessment is via Firefly, which enables students to submit work electronically and to receive and track feedback by the same method. Students in both business and economics take part in competitions, such as ifs Student Investor.