Uptake and our retention rate into KS5 are excellent and we have a thriving post 16 curriculum where students can follow AS/A Levels in Business Studies, Economics or Applied Business. The department consistently achieves some of the best post 16 results in the school and North Yorkshire.
Economics – OCR
Economics is very much a subject for students who wish to explore real life issues. The course aims to enable students to develop an appreciation of economic concepts & theories through a critical consideration of current issues & problems that affect everyday life. Recent examples of topics covered include:
- Should we pay to use motorways through tolls in future years?
- Is an independent Bank of England better able to control the economy than the government?
- Will quantitative easing assist the UK in exiting recession?
- What is globalisation and why are there street protests against it?
- Should there be intervention to make housing more affordable to local residents in London and UK tourist hotspots?
The OCR Economics course was launched in Fulford in September 2010 and A Level results will be available from August 2012 onwards.
Business Studies – AQA
The AS course looks at the practical challenges and issues of a starting up a business such as gaining appropriate finance and the recruitment of well qualified and suitable staff. In addition, an introduction is given to the basic business tools that can be used in the planning of a business including calculating costs, revenues, profits, using a break-even analysis and cash-flow forecasting. The second half of the AS course then focuses on how established businesses might improve their effectiveness by making tactical decisions. Topics covered include the training and motivation of staff, supplier and quality issues and the marketing tactics employed to attract customers.
At A2, the scope is widened and focuses on large scale “macro level” business and the strategies they use in order to remain competitive in an increasingly complex and globalised business environment. The financial, marketing HR and operational strategies are investigated as well as the way external considerations such as political, economic and social factors impinge on the corporate world.
Applied Business – AQA
The Applied Business course is based on the application of business theory learned in classroom, to a real life business. Content includes the management of human resources, business planning, marketing and financial management – all functions of business that contribute to the successful operations of organisations.
2/3 of all marks are gained through the completion of coursework and 1/3 is gained through externally set tests. The course therefore rewards consistent hard work and each coursework unit is focused on an organisation such as Pavers Shoes, Coca Cola & Marks & Spencer. Acquisition of practical learning skills that can be used in later life are a major objective of the course. Activities such as conducting research from a wide variety of sources such as questionnaires and are developed.