Overview of Key Stage 5 Curriculum
Economics is the study of how societies allocate their scarce resources in the face of unlimited human wants. Through studying Economics at AS and A-level, girls develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life, learn to explain a variety of real-world phenomena from an economic perspective and learn to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and role of government within it. The main skills that a good economist needs is the ability to analyse economic data, to interpret graphs and tables, to identify trends and to explain these using economic theory. This requires a clear mind and the abilities to think logically and write clearly and concisely.
Business Studies aims to encourage a critical understanding of business organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. This subject at AS and A-level requires and develops a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving in the light of evaluation and, where appropriate, the quantification and management of information. Business Studies provides an excellent introduction to the key functional areas of the business and an insight into areas of further study or careers.
What makes thedepartment unique from those at other schools?
We incorporate innovative approaches to teaching without losing academic rigour, resulting in excellent results. This modern approach to teaching prior to higher education is an exciting blend of theory, applied in the context of the real world, whilst developing a variety of skills that prepare students of any discipline for life beyond school.
Many of our girls who found they enjoyed the subjects have gone on to study business related topics at University level. Applications to read Economics at Oxbridge are common with the Economics and Management course at Oxford proving to be an excellent option. Other universities that attract frequent applications include LSE, Durham, Bristol, UCL and Warwick. Our termly visits and links with local businesses have proven to be a valuable link between theory and the business world and have allowed girls to benefit from work experience.