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Business and Economics

The Sacred Heart Business and Economics department have great enthusiasm and drive in building student’s capacity to see the subject in a live context.   We are passionate about integrating career opportunities within Business and Economics and building our students' of commerce visits, to business organisations and public services.  At Sixth Form, students actively experience the business environment and can study both micro and macro-economics.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Business Studies

Everything in life involves Business.  Think about that new top you bought last week and then think of what business made it possible for you to be wearing it right now.  The obvious ones are the shop and the manufacturing plant but what about the cotton growers, the label makers, the delivery company, health & safety?  Even the companies that manage the finances of all those businesses. Thinking about all those processes and people, allows you begin to understand about what Business Studies is all about.   Business is a major part of everyone's life and anybody who has a good idea about how businesses work are at an immediate advantage in the future. 

GCSE Business Studies, is taken in Year 10 and Year 11. The course encourages students to investigate how businesses begin and grow.  Students explore the resources, marketing and finance that businesses need and the challenges they face.  They also examine how businesses grow and the role of stakeholders.  As a Business student, you will learn about how the world of business works and its relevance to almost every aspect of modern society. Amongst other topics, you will learn about planning, finance, marketing and economics and discover some of the methods and techniques used to analyse an organisation’s performance.

We believe in the importance of consistently providing students with a variety of viewpoints from some of the most influential economists and entrepreneurs throughout history. We investigate the impact that their work has had on the world we live in. Students are encouraged to develop their understanding into current events that are happening globally.

Extra-curricular activities include the following: 

  • Organisation evaluation e.g. Thorpe Park including day trip. 
  • How the Bank of England works including on site visit
  • Lectures at the Economics Society
  • A variety of Workshops and Career talks from professionals within the Business and Economics field
  • The Business Tenner Programme
Key Stage 5 (BTEC Business & A-Level Economics) 

Business BTEC is a varied course, and anyone that has done GCSE Business Studies will be at a slight advantage, but many people take this BTEC in the Sixth Form without having taken the GCSE, so it shouldn't discourage you.

Learn more about A-Level Economics on our Sixth Form page here 

Learn more about BTEC Business on our Sixth Form page here