Business Studies

BS 1At GCSE the department has for many years run a Business Studies course which has catered for over 40 students in any one year for all abilities. From September 2017 this course is changing to keep up to date with changes in the Business World.

We will be offering GCSE Business 98132) and look at modern business in the real world and influence on business activity. The four financial areas of marketing, HRM, operations and finance is covered.

We also currently offer GCSE Business and Communication Systems, covering business theory, such as administration, HRM, and communications. Practical skills, such as using spreadsheets, databases, Powerpoint and word processing to produce business documents, are also covered.

At Key Stage 5 the department currently runs the following courses:

The two year AQA Business GCE course allows students to develop a wide range of skills and learn in depth about the many functions of a business and how they interact with each other and the external environment. Assessment is completely exam based and is designed for those students who are interested in pursuing business at university and as a future career.

AQA Accounting is also offered at AS and A2. The course covers financial and management accounting and prepares students for a career in finance or accounting. Topics covered include Sole trader and Partnership trading accounts, limited company accounts, double entry bookkeeping, and ratio analysis.

From September 2017 we have offered AQA A Level Economics (7136). Students apply economic theory to support analysis of current economic problems and issues, students will then learn to discuss the inter-relationships between microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Students are encouraged to engage with enterprise activities throughout the year; raising money for charity. We take a group of A Level students to the BASE Competition, which is a national competition entered by 500 schools. In June 2015, one St Edward's team won the London heats and attended the national final in Birmingham.

 

Why should students study Business or Economics?

It is REAL and RELEVANT

In Business Studies students learn about the real world of wealth creation.
Issues such as:

  • how products are bought and sold
  • how firms recruit their workforce
  • how firms select their suppliers
  • how governments control the economy, business and consumers

The department also regards the development of ICT skills, teamwork and the ability to manage their own progress as important skills to develop. We therefore offer choice whenever possible and encourage studies of realistic modern economic problems.