Economics and Business - Ratcliffe College

Economics and Business Studies – Ages 16-18

The Economics and Business Department is a dynamic and highly-motivated department that strives to ensure all pupils achieve their potential.

The Department offers Sixth Form students a choice between Economics and Business A Levels.  Lessons are taught in dedicated classrooms which have interactive whiteboards, seating for up to sixteen pupils and access to computers.  The classroom displays contain current economic data as well as helping showcase high attaining pieces of student work.  Students are encouraged to read the business news regularly, helping them keep up to date with both UK and International economic issues.   Both subjects have an encouraging number of students who pursue the subject at A Level and who go on to do an Economics or Business related degree at university.

Academic Programme

Linear A Level

Students have a choice at A Level between Pearson Economics B & Edexcel Business.


  • Students gain a broad understanding of business. Themes covered include; Marketing, Accounts & Finance, Production, People, Corporate Strategy and Global Business.
  • Helps to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in business.
  • The programme of study enables progression to both employment and training within business, or higher education.
  • Develops Key Skills that are highly valued by employers and universities.
  • Students gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.

Economics B:

  • Examines real world problems in order to create a genuine understanding of the important concepts in economics and business.
  • Using an investigative approach throughout, it encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • This combined course offers an interesting, stimulating and challenging subject content that helps students understand the complex economic and business world in which we live.
  • It will help them to develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues and business problems.
  • Students can learn how to participate effectively in society as a citizen, producer and consumer.

What opportunities for enrichment exist in Economics & Business?

The Economics & Business Department offers a variety of activities.

Young Enterprise Company Programme allows up to thirteen Year 12 students the opportunity of running their own company.  Students hold weekly board meetings, supported by an external business advisor and their link teacher, in which action plans and discussions focus on proposed business ventures to be developed through the autumn and spring terms.  The students enter the National Competition in March, where students are expected to make a presentation, answer questions relating to their experience and create a trade stand to display their products.