Gable Hall School

Economics & Business Studies

The Business Studies department comprises mainly of two specialist teachers both of whom have spent time in industry before moving into a teaching career. They have a range of experience to call upon and have a shared passion for the subject.


Key Stage 4

Economics is studied in Years 10 and 11 at GCSE level. In Year 11 pupils are following the AQA specification whilst in Year 10 the OCR specification is being followed. There is no coursework or controlled assessments in Economics with final grades being determined by examinations at the end of Year 11 in this linear qualification. There are two units which are Unit 1 focusing on how markets work whilst Unit 2 looks at how the economy works.

Business & Enterprise is currently being completed in Year 11 as a v.Cert vocational qualification which comprises four units of work. The aim is to complete the Units 1, 3 and 4 in Year 10 (portfolios of evidence internally assessed and externally moderated) with Unit 2 (examination) being prepared for and completed in Year 11. The current Year 10 pupils are following the BTEC First National course which is similar to the v.Cert course in that it is vocational with elements of coursework in addition to examinations. Two units of work are completed in Year 10 (including an examination) with an additional two units of work being completed in Year 11.


Key Stage 5

In the Sixth Form pupils are following the vocational BTEC Diploma Course (equivalent to 2 A' Levels) in Business which requires the completion of 12 units or work over the 2 years. Some pupils have elected to complete the BTEC Extended Diploma course which entails 5 additional units of work over the 2 years. These additional units are primarily focused on Accountancy aspects of Business. Units of work are either examinations, externally set and marked tasks; or internally set and marked assignments (which are then externally moderated). The units focus on different aspects of business including personnel, finance, marketing and operations.

Economics A’Level is also offered at the Sixth Form with Year 12 and 13 pupils following the EDUQAS/WJEC specification. This is a linear qualification with three examinations taken at the end of the course in Year 13 (normally in June). Pupils will look at economic principles, explore economic behaviour and evaluate economic models and policies whilst also developing their quantitative skills in performing economic calculations.

Departmental Achievements

At A' Level / BTEC in 2017 100% of pupils passed Economics with grades from A-C and Business Studies with grades from Distinction* to Merit.


Co-Curricular Activities

Extra support sessions are held for targeted pupils or pupils who request additional assistance on a Monday most weeks for 1 hour after school finishes.



Mr T. Draper - Department Leader of Business & Computing

Mrs A Brown - Teacher of Economics & Business Studies