Message from Head of Department - Mrs Powell
The Business Education department aims to provide a variety of routes, both academic and vocational, to allow all students the chance to succeed. Our courses are supported by our extra-curricular offer which enables students to develop their skills by competing at national level in essay competitions, Young Enterprise and the Bank of England Target 2.0 competition.
Both business and economics have the benefit of being subjects which allow all parents to feel able to support their children. Parents can make valuable contributions to their child’s education by discussing their experiences at work or of managing the household budget. We would encourage all students to read a good quality newspaper, watch the news daily and discuss the social, political and economic issues raised at home and at school.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 the GCSE curriculum focuses on developing enterprise skills in Year 10, a good preparation for all students who may be considering running their own business in the future. In Year 11 students follow the economics pathway in order to gain a deeper understanding of how economic decisions are made.
Students also have the option of studying Business at BTEC Level 2. This vocational option allows students to investigate how business functions in the real world.
Key Stage 5
In Year 12 students can undertake a vocational course in Business at either Level 2 or 3, depending on prior achievement. These courses give students the practical skills to succeed in the workplace or in higher education. For students looking for a purely academic route we offer A Level Economics, a qualification which is highly valued by the leading universities.
We also run an industry qualification in Personal Finance for students who may be considering a career in finance.
The Brokerage Citylink - http://www.thebrokerage.org.uk
This programme enables City firms to engage with students from 14 - 18 years old with a view to raising their future career aspirations.
Bank of England Target 2.0 Competition - http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/index.htm
Essay Competitions - http://www.tutor2u.net