Business by its nature lends itself to the aphorism:
|In the business world, the rear view mirror is always clearer than the windshield|
|It’s all about the money|
|Vincent Kennedy McMahon|
Business Studies (to be called Business from September 2015) at A level aims to develop an understanding of the objectives, organisation and management of firms and public sector enterprises and of the social, economic and technical environments which constrain their actions and provide opportunities for growth and profitability. Hence Business Studies is concerned with the main functions of business – marketing, human resource management, finance and accounts and operations management – and their interaction with society. At A2 a more holistic approach is required, developing strategies to solve business problems and developing strategy, drawing on knowledge from across the specification.
The department offers Eduqas Business. Eduqas is the new name for WJEC specifications available to English centres. This is available as a two-year course (and from 2016, in exceptional circumstances, a one-year course).
The three exams build students’ knowledge of different types of business organisations from business start-ups and SMEs in Unit 1, through public limited companies in Unit 2, to the developing importance of multinationals and the impact of globalisation in Unit 3.
The nature of the course makes it extremely easy for students to come to us after Year 12 and complete their A2 course, and a number of students do this – encouraged by the quality of teaching and subject expertise we have to offer.
Ian joined Brampton College in 1998, becoming Head of Department a year later. He previously taught as far a-field as Lincolnshire and Lancashire, as well as a ten-year stint at a leading independent school in Hertfordshire. A Coventrian, he is a member and fanatical supporter of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and is a seasoned cricket umpire.
Ian is the microeconomics enthusiast within the department and has a particular fondness for Transport Economics. He has a BA (Hons) in Economics, a P.G.C.E. and is one of a fairly select bunch to have a MA (Ed) in Economics Education. He is an experienced GCSE and ‘A’ level examiner having worked with both Edexcel and, for many years, with OCR.
Ruben graduated from Warwick University in 2007 and has been teaching Economics since then. He is currently an examiner for AQA, OCR and a team leader for Edexcel. He is very interested in finding new ways of introducing e-learning when teaching Economics. He says the best day of the year for him is results day because it is so rewarding to see his students achieve their full potential during their examinations. Outside of work he enjoys football (a Chelsea supporter).
David is the ‘elder statesman’ of the department with four decades of academic training and practical experience behind him. David moved into full time teaching at university level in 1989 and joined us in a part-time capacity in 2001.
David has a BA (Hons), BSc, C Eng, and is a MSI. He has a wealth of experience as a private tutor and he is the first person we turn to when students need to be prepared for papers with other boards. He is the only member of the department with a degree in Engineering (as well as Economics!) and has international experience in the development and management of natural resource projects.
Graham graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Economics and started his teaching career in 1990 at Edmonton County. Since 2003, he has taught Economics and Business A level in Essex schools. For Graham, the highlight of teaching is seeing students achieve at A level and go on to be a success in their lives. Specific highlights include working with a business class to organise a talent show to raise money for Children in Need and the Bank of England competition.
Business Studies Students
Business related courses have proved increasingly popular as university choices for students at Brampton College. Students studying Business Studies have, in recent years, gone on to study at some of the country’s most respected universities for business and management, including Aston, Manchester, Leeds and City (John Cass Business School).