SCHOOL

KEY STAGE 5


OVERVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT (INCLUDING AIMS AND EXPECTATIONS)


The study of Business and Economics is essential if one is to survive in the complicated world of life and work beyond one’s time at The Whitby High School. The Business and Economics Department is made up of five experienced specialist members of staff educated in Business and Economics and with work experiences from the commercial and industrial sectors of the economy.


The Department is equipped with ICT equipment, textbooks and all necessary physical resources.

Every classroom is equipped with a data projector and white boards and we have access to the school network, which carries a wide and growing range of subject-specific software.


KEY STAGE 5 – AQA A-LEVEL ECONOMICS AND AQA APPLIED GENERAL CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESSI


At Key Stage 5 our department offers two courses.


In Year 12, students can follow AQA A-level Economics and/or the AQA Applied General Certificate in Business.


Topics covered in A-level Economics are


Paper 1: Markets and Market Failure (2 hours written paper/1 data response + 1 essay)

Paper 2: National and International Economy (2 hours written paper/1 data response + 1 essay)

Paper 3: Economic principles and issues (30 objective test questions + extended written paper with questions for 10, 15 and 25 marks).


ASSESSMENT


Assessment is entirely through terminal written examinations, which take place at the end of Year 13.


WEBSITE ADDRESS


https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/economics


TOPICS COVERED IN APPLIED BUSINESS ARE


Studied in Year 12

ABS1: Financial Planning and Analysis (external examination)

ABS2: Business Dynamics (internally centre assessed)

ABS3: Entrepreneurial Opportunities (external assignment (not external examination))


Studied in Year 13

ABS4: Managing and Leading People (external examination)

ABS5: Developing a Business Proposal (internally centre assessed)

ABS8: Marketing Communications (internally centre assessed)


ASSESSMENT


Assessment is through a mixture of external examination (1/3) and the assembly of portfolio type evidence (2/3).


WEBSITE ADDRESS


https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business-subjects/applied-general/business


Students considering these courses must be genuinely interested in these subjects and be prepared to work hard both inside and outside of the classroom. A strength in both Maths and English Language will be helpful to students wishing to pursue these courses.





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