Business and Economics
The Department runs a variety of courses including A level Economics, A level Computer Science, A level Business and also the BTEC National Extended Diploma (3 A levels) and Diploma (2 A levels) in Business to improve flexibility of learning for students who prefer not to be assessed through examinations. Students on the BTEC National course will also benefit from a one week work placement.
A level Economics boasts some of the best grades in the country and Business students have seen some outstanding results allowing students to achieve well beyond their expectations. The Department has offered overseas trips which have included places such as Brussels and Paris, as well as other industry related visits. Many students continue their subject studies in Business related courses when they progress to Higher Education and students within this department develop strong employability skills such as problem solving, an ability to critically analyse data, and an awareness of current economic and business issues.
Pearson Btec Nationals in Business
2 A level Equivalent:
- Year 1: Extended Certificate in Business: 4 Units
- Year 2: Diploma in Business: Total 8 units
You would choose one or two additional A Level subjects alongside this course.
3 A level Equivalent:
- Year 1: Foundation Diploma in Business: 6 units
- Year 2: Extended Diploma in Business: 13 units
Some students study an additional AS Level in Year 1 or retake GCSE English or Mathematics if their grade was below a 4.
You will investigate a wide range of business areas such as Marketing, Finance, Management and Human Resources. You will build skills which will enhance your employability as well as give you UCAS points if you wish to progress to Higher Education. You should enjoy working as part of a team, working on computers, and should be able to manage your work well to meet coursework deadlines.
Assessment is through a range of internally assessed assignments, externally assessed tasks and one online written examination.
A level Business (Edexcel linear)
- Paper 1 : Marketing, people & global business
- Paper 2 : Business activities, decisions & strategies
- Paper 3 : Investigating business in a competitive environment
A level Economics (Edexcel linear)
- Paper 1 : Markets and business behaviour
- Paper 2 : The national and global economy
- Paper 3 : Microeconomics and macroeconomics
A level Computer Science (OCR linear)
- Unit 1: Computer Systems
- Unit 2: Algorithms and programming
- Unit 3 : Programming project
What the students say (Student Survey)
The quality of revision guides is excellent; staff are incredibly knowledgeable, and learning styles vary throughout the year to keep me interested.
What the Good Schools Guide says:
The atmosphere is harmonious and co-operative and discipline is enforced. Everyone in this very ethnically mixed College looked happily integrated.