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Business & Economics 

Head of Department

Ms De Souza
enquiries@cardinalpole.co.uk

Welcome to our Business & Economics  Department

The department places huge importance on the development of critical thinking and independent learning strategies, invaluable skills for life after school.

Through studying Business or Economics, we hope that you will develop an interest and enthusiasm in trying to understand the nature of business and how the economy works.  We aim to discuss questions such as:

  • What causes demand to increase?
  • Why are some countries poor and some rich?
  • Why don't the government make everything in the economy?
  • What causes inflation?
  • Which leadership style is most effective in running a business?
  • Do big firms have the lowest unit costs?
  • How do small firms effectively compete against larger opposition?
  • Are oligopolies a good thing for an economy?

As a student of Business or Economics you will be expected to gain competency in quantitative skills, become familiar with a range of data used by businesses and economists when making decisions and developing persuasive arguments as well as enhancing your problem solving skills.

Whether you are interested in setting up your own business, stepping onto the corporate ladder or gaining a better understanding of how the world works, both are a great subject to study.


Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

At Key Stage 4 all pupils follow a core curriculum which consists of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science, Religious Education, and Physical Education. Students may choose to study business as an additional qualification.

  • Edexcel GCSE Business 9-1 (2 written examinations)

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form, Years 12-13)

There are a wide range of courses on offer in our Sixth Form and many of our students proceed on to prestigious University degree courses or into further vocational training.

Edexcel A. Level Business (3 written examinations)

Edexcel A. Level Economics B (3 written examinations)

CTEC - OCR Cambridge Technical (Diploma) in Business – Marketing Pathway (4 written examinations and 6 units of coursework)