Welcome to our Business/Economics/Politics Department
Mr Mcgrory (Subject Leader: Business, Economics and Politics)
Mr Ahmed KS4 Coordinator
Business is a broad subject in the Social Sciences, allowing the in-depth study of a range of specialties such as management/leadership, finance, operations management, human resources management, marketing and strategic decision making.
Economics is a social science concerned with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Economics can generally be broken down into macroeconomics, which concentrates on the behavior of the economy as a whole, and microeconomics, which focuses on individual people and businesses.
Politics is a social science concerned with developing understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, within the UK and globally. We want students to understand the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes.
Business and Economics are subject options at GCSE.
Business, Economics and Politics are subject options at A Level.
All three subjects can lead students into a variety of professions or careers. Many of our students go on to study Business, Economics, Politics and related subjects at university.
Key Stage 4 & 5 – GCSE/ A Level Business
Examination Board: AQA
Aims of studying Business
Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including:
- the interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making
- how different business contexts affect business decisions
- the use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions.
By studying Business, students will develop the knowledge and understanding to:
- use business terminology to identify and explain business activity
- apply business concepts to familiar and unfamiliar contexts
- develop problem solving and decision making skills relevant to business
- investigate, analyse and evaluate business opportunities and issues
- make justified decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data including its selection, interpretation, analysis and evaluation, and the application of appropriate quantitative skills
Key Stage 4 & 5 – GCSE/ A Level Economics
Examination Board: AQA/OCR
Aims of studying Economics
The subject content looks at economic activity through the lens of consumers, producers, government and the workings of the global economy. As students go through the course they’re presented with opportunities to focus on real-world issues. Students should consider and reflect upon moral, ethical and sustainable issues that arise as a result of the impact of economic activity. Students should use their economic knowledge and skills to investigate national and global economic situations and issues from the last 15 years. Students should also be aware of the policies that governments have used to attempt to manage these situations and issues. Students will develop quantitative skills relevant to the subject content. They should be able to make relevant calculations from economic data and be able to interpret data presented in the form of graphs and charts. Students should be able to recognise the possible limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data.
Key Stage 5 – A Level Politics
Examination Board: Edexcel
Aims of studying Politics
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
- develop knowledge and an informed understanding of contemporary political structures and issues in their historical context, both within the United Kingdom (UK) and globally
- develop a critical awareness of the changing nature of politics and the relationships between political ideas, institutions and processes
- develop knowledge and an informed understanding of the influences and interests which have an impact on decisions in government and politics
- develop knowledge and an informed understanding of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups
- develop the ability to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate political information to form arguments and make judgements
- develop an interest in, and engagement with, contemporary politics