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Harlington Upper School

Economics and Business

Economics and Business Subject Leader: Mrs S Scullion
Head of Economics and Business KS5: Mr C Wright

The Economics and Business Department:

The Business Studies Department at Harlington Upper School offers a range of courses designed to suit students of all abilities. We provide courses that are both vocational and academic in nature.  In Year 10 and 11 students can study Business Studies or Business Studies and Economics at GCSE. At key stage five we offer Economics and Business Studies. We encourage students to learn outside the classroom by following the business news, attending conferences and entering nationally organised competitions. We hope they will develop a genuine interest and understanding of the business world whilst enjoying the full support of the department.

       

Curriculum Information

Subject

Business Studies

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board

AQA

Course Leader

Mrs Scullion

Course Summary

Students apply their knowledge and understanding to different business contexts ranging from small enterprises to large multinationals and businesses operating in local, national and global contexts. Students develop an understanding of how these contexts impact on business behaviour.

Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to business decision making including:

· the interdependent nature of business activity, influences on business, business operations, finance, marketing and human resources, and how these interdependencies underpin business decision making

· how different business contexts affect business decisions

· the use and limitation of quantitative and qualitative data in making business decisions.

Students are being prepared for the next stage of their education, which will be their GCSE exam (1-9) to be taken in summer 2019.

 

 

 

 

What will students learn?

 

 

· Business in the real world

· Influences on Business

· Business Operations

· Human Resources

· Marketing

· Finance

How will students be assessed?

 

 

At the end of Year 11 there will be 2 exams which will consist of ;

 Paper 1:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 90 marks (50% of GCSE)

Section A - multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

Section B - one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

· Section C - one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

 Paper 2:

· Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 90 marks (50% of GCSE)

· Section A - multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.

· Section B - one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.

· Section C - one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.

Resources (e.g. useful links)

 

 

 

 www.aqa.org.uk/business

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/business/

www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk

www.kerboodle.co.uk

Curriculum Information

Subject

Economics

Qualification

GCSE

Exam Board

AQA

Course Leader

Mrs Scullion

Course Summary

The subject content looks at economic activity through the lens of consumers, producers, government and the workings of the global economy. As students go through the course they’re presented with opportunities to focus on real-world issues. Students should consider and reflect upon moral, ethical and sustainable issues that arise as a result of the impact of economic activity.

Students should use their economic knowledge and skills to investigate national and global economic situations and issues from the last 15 years. Students should also be aware of the policies that governments have used to attempt to manage these situations and issues.

Students will develop quantitative skills relevant to the subject content. They should be able to make relevant calculations from economic data and be able to interpret data presented in the form of graphs and charts. Students should be able to recognise the possible limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data.

Students are being prepared for the next stage of their education, which will be their GCSE exam (1-9) to be taken in summer 2019.

What will students learn?

 

 

How markets work:

· 1. Economic foundations

· 2. Resource allocation

· 3. How prices are determined

· 4. Production, costs, revenue and profit

· 5. Competitive and concentrated markets

· 6. Market failure

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How the economy works:

· 7. Introduction to the national economy

· 8. Government objectives

· 9. How the government manages the economy

· 10. International trade and the global economy

· 11. The role of money and financial markets

How will students be assessed?

 

 

At the end of Year 11 there will be 2 exams which will consist of ;

Paper 1 (Consists of Topics 1-6)

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 80 marks 50% of GCSE
  • Section A: 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.
  • Section B: five questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses.

 Paper 2 (Consists of Topics 7-11)

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 80 marks 50% of GCSE
  • Section A: 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.
  • Section B: five questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses

 

Resources (e.g. useful links)

 

 www.aqa.org.uk/economics

More details to follow as and when resources become available.

For specific information on Business and/or Economics at GCSE see the Options Booklet

Visit the Sixth Form Curriculum pages for information on AS and A2 Business Studies and Economics courses.