Business and Economics
Miss Bhogal (Head of Department)
Mrs Steadman (Head of Sixth Form)
At KS5 we offer:
1) Edexcel A Level – Business
2) Edexcel A Level – Economics
3) Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Business (Extended Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma)
Edexcel A Level – Business
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Business is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. Students are introduced to business in Themes 1 and 2 through building knowledge of core business concepts and applying them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information, are developed in Themes 3 and 4, requiring students to take a more strategic view of business opportunities and issues. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of business, to understand that business behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.
The course is delivered through exciting debates, in-depth discussions, using newspaper articles and case studies. You will be encouraged to participate in a range of challenging tasks, activities and projects, which will help develop confidence, public speaking and creativity!
Edexcel A Level – Economics
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics A is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. Students build knowledge and understanding of core economic models and concepts in Themes 1 and 2, and then build on this and apply their knowledge to more complex concepts and models in Themes 3 and 4. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies.
The course is delivered through formal teaching, discussions, debates, using newspaper articles and case studies. You will be expected to keep up to date with current business and economic affairs and familiarise yourself with the core text outside of the classroom. You will be encouraged to participate in presentations and group work. Over two years of the course, students develop a positive mind-set, as there are weekly opportunities for self-reflection and organisation. Students partake in exciting and stimulating activities such as creating economics games and presenting topical issues.
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Business (Extended Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma)
There are many different career paths for those who wish to work within the business sector. These include management, human resources, finance, marketing and business information management to name but a few, with the opportunity to work both in the UK and internationally.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Business is intended for post-16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the business sector. The qualification is wide-ranging, and at Barking Abbey, we offer the opportunity to study the equivalent of 1, 2 or 3 A levels. This gives students the flexibility to combine this qualification with other A-level subjects.
Everyone taking this qualification will study seven mandatory units, covering the following content areas:
1) Exploring the business environment
2) Developing a marketing campaign
3) Personal and business finance
4) Managing an event
5) International business
6) Principles of management
7) Business decision making
The requirements of the qualification mean that students will develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education and employers. For example, the study of principles of management requires you to research and provide evidence to support proposed management solutions, and then to evaluate and justify your propositions, basing your responses on different case scenarios. This activity requires the application of the higher-order skills of evaluation, reflection and justification.