Business studies unpacks the components of a successful firm to reveal how companies can reach the top of their industry. Business is front page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes such as ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Dragon’s Den’ have raised the profile of business to a new generation.
The Business Studies A Level course looks at the four main areas of marketing, human resources, operations management and finance. Real life examples are used to illustrate all theory. The Department equips students with the skills and resources they require to flourish at A Level and beyond. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own work and to develop a critical approach to theory, with the full support of their teacher and a wide range of resources available to them.
Business Studies is taught in small groups by specialist teachers in dedicated rooms in the Sixth Form Centre. It can be chosen in conjunction with any other combination of subjects. Many girls go on to study Business-related degrees, such as Management Science, International Business, Accounting and Finance, and Events Management, at a wide range of universities.
All girls take part in a student investor share trading challenge, where teams of four invest a virtual £100,000 in a share portfolio with the chance of winning cash prizes and a trip to New York. Last year, the girls took part in a marketing workshop at The Museum of Brands in London.
Ania Cox is the Head of Economics and Business Studies. She has a Business Economics and Finance degree from Loughborough University and has been a teacher for over 15 years. She is also a Senior Examiner for AQA.