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Business and Economics

The Business & Economics department aims to create a stimulating environment in which students can develop specific transferrable skills for use in their future lives. We also equip students with an awareness of current events and issues within the global business and economic environment.

Reasons to choose Tapton:

Enrichment. Students will hear from local, national and international entrepreneurs, who will help them to put the theory into context. We regularly have local businesses in lessons. Speakers have included  Plancon,  Meadowhead Flowers, Brett in the City,  Integra Engineering and Cat on the Mat. In addition we take students to the Amazon distribution centre every year, so that students can experience the theory of  operations, globalisation and economies of scale in the real world.

Supportive and Inclusive Department. Students will be given a free course companion at school. 

Destinations. Tapton School offers a number of Business related subjects at A-Level:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Government & Politics. 
key stage 4 curriculum content - business studies 

Students will study towards their GCSE and sit two exam papers at the end of the course. Tapton School follows the Edexcel specification. 

Theme 1 is 'Investigating small Business.' Topics include:

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 
  • Spotting a Business Opportunity
  • Putting a Business Idea into Practice
  • Making the Business Effective
  • Understanding External Influences on Business.

Theme 2 is 'Building a Business.' Topics include:

  • Growing the Business
  • Making the Marketing Decisions
  • Making Product Decisions 
  • Making Financial Decisions 
  • Making Human Resources Decisions.


key stage 4 curriculum content - economics 

Students will study towards their GCSE and sit two exam papers at the end of the course. Tapton School follows the AQA specification. 

The course is split into the two disciplines of: 

1. How the markets work - micro economics 

  • Economic Foundations
  • Resource Allocation 
  • How prices are determined
  • Production, costs, revenue and profit
  • Competitive and concentrated markets
  • Market Failure.

2. How the economy works - macro economics

  • Introduction to the national economy 
  • Government objectives 
  • How the government manages the economy 
  • International trade and the global economy 
  • The role of money and financial markets.