Claremont High School Academy

 

 

Business and Economics

 

Why Study Business and Economics?

If you are interested in current affairs, politics, history, business or finance, you will be advised to study business and economics. The subjects are fascinating to learn because it is so applicable to everyday life. Topics discussed include:

  • What will be the effects of Britain leaving the EU?
  • Why is the economy taking so long to recover from the financial crisis?
  • How do I start a business and what are the risks?
  • Why is the cost of living in London so high and what are the impacts on young people?
  • Why are public sector services such as schools and the NHS so underfunded?
  • Why are young people much more likely to be unemployed?

There are very few subjects that you can study during the day and see the relevance of what you've learned on the news. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their theoretical and practical knowledge of Business and Economics within the classroom, as well as a plethora of trips throughout the academic year.

Courses Available:

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11):

Edexcel GCSE Business

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13):

Edexcel A-Level Economics A

Edexcel A-Level Business

Edexcel BTEC National Diploma in Business

Edexcel BTEC Extended Certificate in Business

Teachers

There are currently seven Business and Economics teachers within the department, which share a passion for the subject and are dedicated to helping students to reach their full potential. The department boasts of a highly motivated team of teachers with vast teaching and industrial experience as well as outstanding results at both GCSE and A' level. For value added we have been in the top 5% for GCSE and 10% for A-Level in the country for our results. We pride ourselves on being a pupil friendly department, with a high retention rates from GCSE to A-level.

Programme of Study:

 

Edexcel GCSE Business

 

Exam Board Specification

The Pearson Edexcel GCSE in Business consists of two externally-examined papers both to be sat at the end of year 11. Each of these papers are 1 hour and 30 minutes in length and are 90 marks each.

By the end of the GCSE Business course learners will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The dynamic nature of business, including motivations for social enterprise
  • Local, national and international contexts
  • The integrated nature of business problems and solutions
  • Apply a critical perspective to the theory and current practice of business
  • Evaluate quantitative and qualitative evidence to make reasoned judgements
  • Develop a conceptual framework of business within society

 

Theme 1: Investigating small business

 

Theme 1 concentrates on the key business concepts, issues and skills involved in starting and running a small business. It provides a framework for students to explore core concepts through the lens of an entrepreneur setting up a business. In this theme, students will be introduced to local and national business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. Students must develop an understanding of the interdependent nature of business activity through interactions between business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, as well as the relationship between the business and the environment in which it operates. Students must understand how these interdependencies and relationships underpin business decisions.

 

Theme 2: Building a Business

 

 

Theme 2 examines how a business develops beyond the start-up phase. It focuses on the key business concepts, issues and decisions used to grow a business, with emphasis on aspects of marketing, operations, finance and human resources. Theme 2 also considers the impact of the wider world on the decisions a business makes as it grows. In this theme, students will be introduced to national and global business contexts and will develop an understanding of how these contexts impact business behaviour and decisions. National contexts build on those in Theme 1 and relate to businesses operating in more than one location or across the UK. Global contexts relate to non-UK or transnational businesses.

A Level Economics

 

Exam Board Specification

The Pearson Edexcel A-Level in Economics A consists of three externally-examined papers all are to be sat at the end of year 13. Each of these papers are 2 hours in length and are 100 marks each.

 

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics A are to enable students to:

  • Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject
  • Appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment
  • Develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • Use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist
  • Understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • Develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

 

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A Level Business

 
Exam Board Specification

The Pearson Edexcel A-Level in Business consists of three externally-examined papers all are to be sat at the end of year 13. Each of these papers are 2 hours in length and are 100 marks each.

 

The aims and objectives of this course is to enable students to allow students to:

  • Develop an enthusiasm for studying business
  • Gain an holistic understanding of business in a range of contexts
  • Develop a critical understanding of organisations and their ability to meet society’s needs and wants
  • Understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • Generate enterprising and creative approaches to business opportunities, problems and issues
  • Be aware of the ethical dilemmas and responsibilities faced by organisations and individuals
  • Acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making, problem solving, the challenging of assumptions and critical analysis
  • Apply numerical skills in a range of business contexts.

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BTEC Business

Exam Board Specification 

Aims of the BTEC qualifications are:

The Pearson BTEC courses in Business are an Applied General qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the business sector. The National Diploma qualification is equivalent in size to two A Levels, whereas the Extended Certificate is worth one A-Level.

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Business

 
Units Covered:

Unit 1: Exploring Business (Internal)

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (External)

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (External)

Unit 4: Managing an event (Internal)

Unit 5: International Business (Internal)

Unit 6: Principles of Management (External)

Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process (Internal)

Unit 27: Work Experience in Business (Internal)

 

 

 

 

 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business

 
Units Covered:

Unit 1: Exploring Business (Internal)

Unit 2: Developing a Marketing Campaign (External)

Unit 3: Personal and Business Finance (External)

Unit 8: Recruitment and Selection Process (Internal)

 

Extra Curricular

 

(Economics and Business students at the Harrow School to meet Mark Carney – the Governor of the Bank of England).

Business students at Claremont High School Academy are given the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. These include:

  • HSBC Young Enterprise Company Programme
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week
  • Make Your Mark Challenge
  • Tenner Tycoon
  • Student Investor Competition
  • Royal Economics Society annual Essay competition
  • Attending local and national conferences
  • Tutor2u Revision Conferences
  • Educational trips (e.g. Cadbury World and Coca Cola)
  • Work experience
  • Access to The Economist, The Economic Review and The Business Review subscriptions
  • Visit to the Bank of England
  • London Business School Competition