Economics & Business
Economics and Business Studies are related subjects, but each has a different focus.
Economics is the study of markets and economies; it gives students an understanding of the many different aspects of economic activity which go towards making product markets, labour markets, the UK and global economies such exciting and unpredictable places. Students will look at topics such as the forces of demand and supply, investigating government policy and how it affects growth, our role in the European Union and the impact on global trade of the increasing power of China.
Business Studies is the study of small, medium and large businesses and focuses on the practical aspects of developing and running businesses. Students look at the challenge of starting a business, how the functions of a business - finance, human resources, operations, marketing - work together, the behaviour of major PLCs in challenging market environments and how culture and leadership affect decision making.
Here at Lingfield we offer Economics at GCSE and both Economics and Business Studies at A Level.
Not surprisingly interest in both Business and Economics is rising, and the department has expanded to ensure it continues to offer students the best teaching possible. Staff can teach all subjects offered to students, but specialise within their particular skill sets. Mr Hagan, for example, is able to bring his legal training (and recent Masters degree) to bear with the students studying the Law unit of the BTEC course; Mrs Evans can apply both her extensive commercial experience in tourism to Business, and her love of microeconomics to Economics. Mr Bolton has an extensive background in macroeconomic analysis, and our most recent addition, Mrs Logan, brings considerable experience of teaching BTEC to strengthen our delivery in that area.
We all really enjoy teaching Economics and Business – every academic year seems to bring a new and often unprecedented set of challenges for businesses and economic policy makers. Within the College the department is well placed to provide students with key insights to help them as they move up the educational system or out into the world of work, in what is becoming an increasingly competitive environment. We are all passionate about our subject specialities, and our greatest satisfaction is seeing that being passed to the students " Joss Bolton, Head of Economics and Business Studies
In addition to our taught classes, we offer out-of-class support to all of our students and enrichment of the curriculum: an economics and business magazine edited by the Sixth Form; evening lectures at the London School of Economics and Gresham College; and debates with local schools on key current affairs topics.