Business, Financial Studies and Law

Head of Business: Mrs L Payne

Head of Financial Studies: Mr C Harris

Head of Law: Mr C Smith

Introduction

This successful and innovative range of subjects offers a selection of courses at both Key Stage 4 and 5 to prepare students for post-18 academic and vocational pathways into Business, Finance and the Law.  These courses can be studied individually or, as part of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, students can opt to study all three subjects in a business, finance and legal academic pathway.  

At Key Stage 4, students can study GCSE Business.  

Key Stage 5 students have access to A level Business and Law courses and the London Institute of Banking and Finance Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies. All three subjects offer:

As part of our Key Stage 5 curriculum students can opt to study all three subjects as part of their chosen pathway.

Courses

Our Business Studies courses: Courses are suitable for those studying in preparation for employment or further education in the business sector including the law, accountancy, advertising & marketing, human resources and management. Students will be expected to use communication and ICT skills. We currently offer GCSE and A-Level  Business qualifications. 

Click here for exam board information on the Edexcel GCSE in Business

Click here for exam board information about the Edexcel A Level in Business

Our Financial Studies course

This sixth form course develops the knowledge and skills required for young people to make informed financial decisions by introducing them to the risks and challenges involved in personal finance and the tools for effective planning.  Furthermore, the course provides a solid basis for creating financial inclusion, by exploring social-economic trends and their relationship with an individual’s circumstances and attitudes. The course is both popular and successful and many students use this qualification as a springboard to apply for related jobs or study associated courses within university.

Click here for exam board information on the London Institute of Banking and Finance certificate course studied in Y12

Click here for exam board information on the London institute of Banking and Finance certificate course studied in Y13 

Our Law course is currently on offer to our Key Stage 5 students. The course centres on 3 key areas of substantive law: Criminal law, Tort law and Contract law. Assessment comes in the form of three exams at the end of year 13 on each of these areas of law.
The course is delivered by highly experienced subject specialists and offers students the opportunity to visit the local Crown and Magistrate’s Courts and participate in the Bar Mock Trial competition where students compete against a range of comprehensive, grammar and independent schools at Maidstone Crown Court. Students have often commented that this event has been a defining moment in their desire to study Law at university and beyond.

Click here for exam board information on AQA A Level Law 

 

Enrichment

Throughout the year, we organise a series of visits and enrichment days supported by business, financial and legal professionals. 

The Business department is also responsible for organising Enterprise Days in Year 9 to support students making their vocational choices at KS4.