Business Studies


The Economics and Business Studies (EBS) Department at Worth offers a joint Economics and Business Studies course at GCSE and separate AS and A Level courses in the Sixth Form. Economics can also be studied as part of the IB Diploma.

The assumption that successful business men and women are formed by their experience of commerce rather than created by business schools is ill-made. There is unquestionably a body of skills and knowledge which is more important to the would-be entrepreneur, manager or captain of industry than motivation, judgement or luck.

Business studies is concerned with areas as varied as Accountancy and Finance, Management Studies, People in Organisations, Operations Management, Computing, Marketing, Industrial Relations and Law but not as separate disciplines, rather as components in a process that integrates and applies skills, knowledge and techniques to make effective business decisions.

As Information Technology is a major contributor to the operation of business, it is incorporated into the course where relevant. It may take the form of research through the Internet or CD-ROM material, spreadsheet analysis through Excel, or simulations on business theory. Students will be taught how to use the school's excellent IT facilities when it will aid their development and understanding.

GCSE level

This exciting course provides the first opportunity for Worth students to study Economics and Business Studies. The course is an introduction to both disciplines with Business Studies being studied in Year 10 and Economics in Year 11. The Examination Board is Edexcel (code 2BE01).

It is not a prerequisite for studying Economics or Business Studies in the Sixth Form that GCSE Economics and Business Studies is taken. However, students who have taken the GCSE will be at an advantage if they carry on into the Sixth Form.

Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, we offer AS/A2 Business Studies with the AQA Examination Board (1131 and 2131 respectively). This AS/A Level course will enable you to develop knowledge, critical understanding, and skills in analysing and evaluating business situations. All students taking this AS/A Level will automatically be members of the Walter Monckton Society which invites speakers to talk on issues related to Economics, Business and Politics.

Sixth Form Entry Requirements

The ability to analyse and evaluate using a variety of sources of information to support your ideas, genuine and broad interest in the commercial world and good grades in Mathematics and English GCSEs are essential. Commitment to taking responsibility for your own independent learning is required.

The AS Business Studies course consists of two modules: Unit 1 – BUSS1 – Planning and Financing a Business; and Unit 2 – BUSS2 – Managing a Business.

Those going on with A2 Business Studies in Year 13 will complete a further two modules: Unit 3 – BUSS3 – Strategies for Success; and Unit 4 – The Business Environment and Managing Change.

Mr Richard Phillips

Mr Richard Phillips