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Business Studies & Economics

 Business Studies classroom

 WELCOME TO business studies & economics

Welcome to the Business Studies and Economics department. This department offers a variety of different courses for years 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Why study Business?

One day you will work in a business in the career of your choice; why not get a head start on your future career by understanding what it is like managing a business.

At Bitterne Park Sixth form you will also be taught by experienced teachers who are also examiners and therefore can provide you with all the necessary skills you need to have to be able to complete the exams successfully.

Future Progression after studying A-Level Business

Students from this course successfully progress into employment within the world of business, onto apprenticeships in business-related areas and on to degrees such as business studies, business management, business enterprise and management studies.

Depending on their combination of A Levels, students often combine business with another related subject at university such as economics, finance, accounting, mathematics or psychology.

Studying Business Studies is also a useful starting point for a career in business, accounting, insurance, finance and banking.

Whatever career you choose to go into, it will involve you working in a business. This course prepares you for the real business world.

Why study Economics?

Economics is the study of the real world; it affects everyone’s lives daily. Being able to get a free education, get a job, loans and grants for universities, how your wages are determined and the price you pay for goods and services in the shops are all to do with economic issues.

Microeconomics is the study of money, how prices are determined and how to make best use of the resources that we have available and decisions that should be made for the best interest for society as a whole. For example should fast food be taxed more to increase its price due to its unhealthy nutritional value?

Macroeconomics is the study of the government and how they aim to achieve economic growth, low unemployment, low inflation, and managing imports and exports of goods and money in and out of our country. Another key part of running our country is making sure that the government has enough money to be able to fund schools, hospitals, police, army, unemployment benefits. In macroeconomics you take on the role of government to solve the issues above that different countries have.

Future progression after studying Economics

Economics graduates are employed in a range of posts which may, or may not, be related to the discipline they studied. They work in banking, accountancy, investment, marketing, consultancy, insurance, manufacturing, communications, retail, research, education, politics, the media, as well as in government agencies such as national statistics, and charitable organizations.

In all these settings, employers value economics graduates’ understanding of decision-making, their research and analytical skills, and their experience of viewing problems in their national and international context.

Statistics show that the majority of Economics students after graduation obtain employment within six months of graduating.

Future career pathways

Whatever career you choose it will be in some kind of business, maybe one day owning a business in your preferred career so Business Studies and Economics fits into most career pathways.

Specialist career pathways include:

  • Business owner (Entrepreneur)
  • Chief executive
  • Department Manager
  • Marketing
  • Retail
  • Banking
  • Stock Broker
  • Economist
  • Insurance
  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Human Resources
  • Politician
  • Teacher
  • Consultant
  • Law
  • Sales
  • Be able to work for a well known multinational company
  • And even ………….. Prime Minister!!!

FACILITIES & RESOURCES

Five teaching rooms, all with interactive whiteboards

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

  • BPS Young Enterprise student run shop: Currently 12 year 10 students are running their own shop within school selling sweets, summer BP uniform and stationary items. This gives students a chance to understand what it really takes to set-up and manage a small business under the highly regarded young enterprise organisation.

Students are twice as likely to set-up their own business after taking part in the Young Enterprise program.

  • Student Investor challenge: Students compete in a national competition buying and selling virtual shares on the real stock market from October – February every year.
  • Educational trips: Such as a visit to the houses of parliament where government decisions are made and theme parks to understand how they operate as a business

Staff

Mr M Gillet (Head of Business Studies & Economics)

Mrs E Niblock (Business Studies & Economics Teacher)

Miss J Brookes (Business Studies & Economics Teacher)