Business Studies

 

The Economics and Business Studies (EBS) Department at Worth School offers a wide variety of courses at GCSE, A Level and as part of the IB Diploma programme.

The assumption that successful business men and women are formed by their experience of commerce rather than created by business schools is ill-made. There is unquestionably a body of skills and knowledge which is more important to the would-be entrepreneur, manager or captain of industry than motivation, judgement or luck.

Business studies is concerned with areas as varied as Accountancy and Finance, Management Studies, People in Organisations, Operations Management, Computing, Marketing, Industrial Relations and Law – but not as separate disciplines, rather as components in a process that integrates and applies skills, knowledge and techniques to make effective business decisions.

As Information Technology is a major contributor to the operation of business, it is incorporated into the course where relevant. It may take the form of research through the Internet or CD-ROM material, spreadsheet analysis through Excel, or simulations on business theory. Students will be taught how to use the school's excellent IT facilities to aid and stretch their development and understanding of the academic theories that relate to Business Studies.

A Level Business Studies

In the Sixth Form, we offer A Level Business Studies with the AQA Examination Board (course code 7132). This A Level course will enable students to develop knowledge, critical understanding and skills in analysing and evaluating business situations.

There are ten elements of the A Level Business Studies course. They are: What is business; Managers, leadership and decision making; Decision making to improve marketing performance; Decision making to improve operational performance; Decision making to improve financial performance; Decision making to improve human resource performance; Analysis the strategic position of a business; Choosing a strategic direction; Strategic methods and Managing strategic change.

Assessment is in the form of three two-hour examinations at the end of Year 13; there is no coursework.

All students taking this A Level will automatically be members of the Walter Monckton Society which invites a wide variety of speakers to talk to our students on issues related to Economics, Business and Politics.

As well as invitations to external speakers, there are other ways in which Economics is brought to life. There is an annual Year 12 trip to the City of London, attendance at student conferences, evening university lectures and other activities such as the Bank of England Target 2.0 Competition and the Young Enterprise Scheme.

SIXTH FORM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The ability to analyse and evaluate using a variety of sources of information to support your ideas, genuine and broad interest in the commercial world and good grades in Mathematics and English GCSEs are essential. Commitment to taking responsibility for your own independent learning is required.

Mr Richard Phillips

Mr Richard Phillips