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Economics and Business

Well qualified subject specialists offer a wide range of courses to develop students' interests in the business and financial sectors, with Economics becoming ever more popular at both GCSE and A level.  Students gain a full appreciation of how markets and the real economy operate, using up to date examples and thought provoking classroom discussion to interpret daily news from the Economic, Political and Business World.  An Economics and Financial Markets club enables current issues to be discussed in more depth.

GCSE Business Studies provides students with an introduction to the departments within a business, as well as an appreciation of the external environment within which businesses operate.



KS4 9-1 Economics topics include:

  • Supply + demand the role of markets
  • Elasticity
  • Business structures
  • Taxation + Govt. spending
  • Inflation + Growth
  • Unemployment
  • Exchange rates
  • The role of money and financial markets
  • The labour market
  • Limitations of markets (Externalities)
  • International trade and globalisation

KS4 9-1 Business topics include:

  • Setting up a business
  • Enterprise
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • External business environment


KS5 ( A Level)

Component 1 Microeconomics 
Component 2 Macroeconomics
Component 3 Themes in Economics

The themes in economics component offers you the opportunity to apply theories and concepts to up-to-date issues.


Extra Curricular

Students in the Department will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • ICAEW BASE Competition (Syndicate Group Winner 2018)
  • Tycoon Enterprise Competition
  • The Ifs Student Investor Challenge
  • RES Young Economist of the Year (Y12/13)
  • IFS Young Business Writer of the Year (Y12/13)
  • Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Budget Challenge (National Champions 2019)

Contact the Business Studies & Economics Department

Renner, Mr M Head of Business Studies & Economics
Mr D Barsby Business Studies Teacher

Valentine, Mr R

Business Studies & Economics Teacher