Economics & Business
Head of Department : Mrs M Roberts
Business and Economics is an exciting and developing department at West Kirby Grammar School. The department consists of two teachers, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Jackson, who are subject specialists and all passionate about their specialty.
At Key Stage 4 pupils are taught GCSE Business, from Years 9-11, which attract two teaching groups in each year. The course actively engages students in starting and growing a small business, through investigating topics such as Enterprise and Entrepreneurialship; Marketing; Finance; Human Resources; Management and Wider Economic issues.
At Key Stage 5 we offer A-level Economics, which includes 40% Business and 60% Economics elements, which also attracts two teaching groups per year. The main themes of the two-year course include: Scarcity and Potential Conflicts; Enterprise, Business and the Economy; Introducing the Market; Supply and Demand and Elasticities of Demand; the Role of Credit in the Economy; Market Failure and Government Intervention; Revenue, Costs and Profit; Innovation; Globalisation; Productivity and International Trade and Making Markets Work and Market Growth.
Both key stages follow the Edexcel examination board specifications, with the new GCSE Business and A-level Economics B specifications.
The department relocated into Easedale in September 2015. During lessons, pupils are encouraged to closely monitor and report on economic markets, news events and business developments, both nationally and internationally, in order to bring relevant context into their studies.
Recent GCSE Business trips have included Alton Towers, Chester Zoo, Cadbury’s World and talks from Fraser Doherty.
A level trips have included London Economics Conference, Jaguar Land-rover, The University of Sheffield and talks from Bauer Media, The Investment Manager for Wirral and Europcar.
The department has achieved 100% pass rate at both GCSE and A-level over the past six years; with 74% of A level students and 76% GCSE Business students achieving A*-B in 2017.