Business

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
Peter Drucker
Management consultant, educator and author
Tim Hutton - Head of Business & Finance
Mr T. Hutton
Head of Business & Finance

Both the GCSE and A Level Business courses provide the opportunity for you to develop an extensive range of business-related knowledge and skills. Studies will cover a wide range of business-related activities which enable you to ‘taste’ areas of business that you may wish to pursue in your future studies and career.

You will learn how to analyse business data and use numerical skills to interpret changes in the business world and individual firms. You will develop extensive skills in written communication as assessment requires both problem solving and decision making, using appropriate business tools. Application of classroom concepts to real business situations is the primary skill that allows students to progress in this course.

Studying Business covers a broad range of knowledge and skills. It is good preparation for a wide range of degree courses including Business Studies, Marketing, Economics and Management. As a course which has a vocational slant it also provides an excellent preparation for immediate entry into the world of work.

Due to the vocational nature of business studies we make the course as interactive as we can and will regularly invite guest speakers into class to put learning into context in the real-world. Other opportunities exist for students to enhance their business experience including:

  • Student investor competition – A competition where students work in teams to invest £100,000 of virtual money in the stock market and compete against other schools from all over the UK.
  • Enterprise week – An opportunity for pupils to take part in a developing a product or service into a business plan and turn initial capital into income.
  • ICAEW Base challenge – Students present their solutions addressing a range of accounting, economic and business-based problems to a panel of judges.

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