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Economics & business

Economics is called a social science and it is becoming an evermore popular subject both at Bryanston and elsewhere. The department has six staff, all of whom teach right across the board. At the present time there are 75 pupils studying GCSE in two year groups and around 120 studying both A level and IB in the sixth form. Many of these go on to take business- or economics-related degrees and recently several pupils have taken up apprenticeships at major firms.

Ben Leigh
Head of Economics & Business



At GCSE the curriculum is straightforward but interesting. It studies five main themes: business and the environment in which it operates; human resources; accounting and finance; marketing and production. This is a good grounding in the subject and is pitched at a level which is demanding but manageable. 

Sixth Form


Economics is a social science concerned with understanding the choices individuals, firms and countries make that affect the allocation of resources between them. The A level course is split into three main themes; Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International and Development economics and the assessment is mostly essay based.

The course is very much applied and we draw on all the latest developments to illustrate and help the understanding of core concepts. Studying A level Economics will equip pupils with the tools they need to analyse, evaluate critically and form rational justified positions about what is going on around them either locally, nationally or internationally.

Pupils will need to be intrinsically motivated and willing to be challenged in order to get the most from Economics.

We also offer Economics as part of the IB at Higher and Standard Level.


Business is a more vocational course concerned with developing a detailed understanding of how businesses operate and how to make decisions and develop strategies to bring about desired outcomes for a business.The A level course highlights the interrelated nature of business using business models, theories and techniques to support analysis of contemporary business issues and situations.

Pupils will develop the knowledge and skills needed to analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions – all skills that are needed for further study and employment.

Both Economics and Business combine well with any other subjects.

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Bryanston Business Conference

The department runs an annual Business Conference on the theme of entrepreneurship, which is aimed at the A3 year.