The department aims to educate our pupils in all aspects of Business & Economics education. Students should be in a position to apply their knowledge to a wide variety of real world Business & Economics situations. Therefore ensuring success across the variety of courses we offer.

Curriculum Intent:

We want our students to gain a broad knowledge base along with transferable skills whilst achieving success in this subject. We hope to encourage and enthuse our learners in the world of business and strive to ensure that students keep up to date with current affairs.  Students can enjoy class debates and discussion where they can articulate their knowledge of industry and business in the modern world.  Ultimately we aim to provide out students with enough skills, knowledge and business acumen to go on to start their own business.

Curriculum Implementation:

We use a number of resources and teaching strategies to ensure that students have a comprehensive knowledge of the qualification specifications they are undertaking and are capable of going beyond what is taught in lessons.

We implement our curriculum by using a variety of traditional skills practice as well as other teaching strategies such as collaboration, role play, educational visits and independent learning to ensure all students share our passion for this subject.

Curriculum Impact:

  • A well designed curriculum offer to best prepare our students for University
  • Pupils are empowered and motivated to become independent learners
  • It is clear that when entering the Business and Economics area that our students are engaged and this has been praised by student voice.
  • Many of our students go on to Economics and/or Business studies at university and most importantly, students frequently express their enjoyment of their learning and their appreciation of the knowledge and study skills they have gained whilst on our courses.

  • Mrs T Holmes – Head of Department (Acting)
  • Mrs N Williams
  • Mr W Dewis
  • Mr M Adamson
Courses:  GCSE Business. A level Business. A level Economics (Y13). Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate & Diploma.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Term 1 Topics:

1.1 The role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship

 1.2 Business planning

 1.3 Business ownership 

1.4 Business aims and objectives

 1.5 Stakeholders in business 

1.6 Business growth 

Term 2 Topics:

2.1 The role of marketing 

2.2 Market research 

2.3 Market segmentation

2.4 The marketing mix

Term 3 Topics:

3.1 The role of human resources

 3.2 Organisational structures and different ways of working

 3.3 Communication in business

 3.4 Recruitment and selection

 3.5 Motivation and retention

3.6 Training and development 

3.7 Employment law

Year 11

Term 1

  1. Operations

 4.1 Production processes

 4.2 Quality of goods and services

 4.3 The sales process and customer service

 4.4 Consumer law

 4.5 Business location

 4.6 Working with suppliers

  1. Finance

 5.1 The role of the finance function

 5.2 Sources of finance

 5.3 Revenue, costs, profit and loss

 5.4 Break-even 

5.5 Cash and cash flow

Term 2

  1. Influences on business

 6.1 Ethical and environmental considerations

 6.2 The economic climate

 6.3 Globalisation

  1. The interdependent nature of business

Key Stage 5

Year 12 Business A Level

Term 1 Topics & Content: 

What is business ? Understanding the nature and purpose of business, Understanding different business forms, Understanding that businesses operate within an external environment.

Managers, leadership and decision making – Understanding management, leadership and decision making. Understanding management decision making. Understanding the role and importance of stakeholders.


Term 2 Topics & Content: 

Decision making to improve marketing performance – setting marketing objectives, understanding markets and customers, segmentation, targeting and positioning, using the marketing mix.

Decision making to improve operational performance – setting operational objectives, analysing operational performance, increasing efficiency and productivity, improving quality, managing inventory and supply chains.

Decision making to improve financial performance – setting financial objectives, analysing financial performance, sources of finance, improving cash flow and profits.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Decision making to improve financial performance – setting human resource  objectives, analysing human resource performance, improving organisational design and human resource flow, improving motivation and engagement, improving employer-employee relations.

Year 12 Economics:

Term 1

1 Economic methodology and the economic problem 

2 Price determination in a competitive market 

3 Production, costs and revenue

Term 2

4 Competitive and concentrated markets

 5 The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets The national economy in a global context 

6 The measurement of macroeconomic performance 

Term 3

7 How the macroeconomy works : the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts

 8 Economic performance 

Cambridge Technicals

Year 12

Terms 1- 3 Unit 1 The Business Environment

Terms 1-3 Unit 5 Marketing and Market Research

Terms 1-3 Unit 6  Marketing Strategy ( Diploma only)

Term 3

Unit 4 Customers and Communication

Unit 7  Marketing Campaign ( Diploma only)

Year 13 Business A Level

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Analysing the strategic position of a business.

Swot Analysis

Financial analysis

Choosing Strategic direction

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Strategic Methods – how to pursue strategies.

Growth and Retrenchment


Targeting overseas markets.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Managing Strategic change

Managerial culture

Strategic implementation

Problems with strategy.

Year 13 Economics:

Term 1

1 Economic methodology and the economic problem

 2 Individual economic decision making

 3 Price determination in a competitive market 

4 Production, costs and revenue 

5 Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly 

Term 2

6 The labour market 

7 The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality 

8 The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets The national and international economy

 9 The measurement of macroeconomic performance 

10 How the macroeconomy works : the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts

 11 Economic performance

Term 3

12 Financial markets and monetary policy 

13 Fiscal policy and supply-side policies 

14 The international economy

Cambridge Technicals

Year 13 

Term 1 Unit 16 Principles of Project Management

Unit 2 Working in Business

Term 2

Unit 3  Business Decisions ( Diploma only)

Unit 15  Change Management ( Diploma only)

Term 3

Unit 22 Delivering a Business Project ( Diploma only)

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