Economics and Business

In Economics and Business , girls will learn about both the whole economy and its workings and individual markets and businesses. Both A Levels are introduced as new subjects in the Sixth Form, and have proven to be very popular with around a third of the cohort taking one of the courses.

Economics A Level is a social science studying how societies decide what goods and services to produce, in what quantity, by what means and ultimately ‘who gets what’. For example, students consider the effect of tax rates and government spending decisions on the economy, the effects of regulation and subsidies, and how development can best be aided. We follow the Edexcel specification.

Studying Economics and Business contribute to an understanding of the modern world and builds these employability skills:

  • Creative problem solving
  • Mathematical and numerical competency
  • Logical analysis
  • Strong communication
  • Making balanced judgements

Business A Level follows the Edexcel specification where pupils understand what makes an entrepreneur start up a business, the skills required to develop an idea into a profitable business. Subsequently the learning is applied to the growth of larger businesses and how these are organised by function. The role of marketing, Financial, Operational and Human Resource functions are looked at in detail.

The Economics and Business department also provides a range of extracurricular activities. GDST LEAD programme is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurial skills in all sixth formers where they work as part of a group to develop their own social enterprise. They compete against teams from other GDST schools to be recognised for their creativity, problem solving and presentation skills.

Many students go on to study Economics or Business related courses at prestigious universities including Warwick, LSE and Nottingham.

We are very happy with our daughter’s progress. She is very happy in class and it shows in her work.

— Current Parent