Business Studies and Economics


The Business Studies and Economics department at Bishop Walsh Catholic School aims to provide a broad understanding of the commercial world around our students through the use of business knowledge and economic awareness. We intend to build financial literacy in our pupils and an awareness of world financial issues alongside a relevant and up to date curriculum of Business and Economics for GCSE and A-Level. News stories and current examples are used to develop students’ understanding of how the world around them works and prepare them to be employed within it.


In years 9, 10 and 11 students can opt to study Business Studies at GCSE. This allows them to access the early stages of business education. This is studied through modules starting with the way in which businesses originate and are organised, the marketing and advertising of larger businesses alongside more theory heavy topics of Human Resources, Accounting and External Influences. Through two exams in Year 11 and a controlled assessment piece of work on a case study business across the years students complete their GCSE.


BTEC Business is a course offered at A-Level and allows students to gain an insight into the way in which businesses work in a vocational sense. Students study coursework in school but also complete a work placement one afternoon a week. This course allows students to progress into higher education or the world of work.

A Level

A-level Business Studies helps students:

– Develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value
– Be aware that business behavior can be studied from the perspectives of a range of stakeholders
– Acquire a range of skills including decision-making and problem-solving
– Be aware of the current structure of business and business practice.

Over Three modules at A-Level (and two at AS level) students study the following topics;

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance
  • Analysing the strategic position of a business (A-level only)
  • Choosing strategic direction (A-level only)
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies (A-level only)
  • Managing strategic change (A-level only)

Extra Curricular

The Business Studies department has run a Young Enterprise group in the past where students, outside of lesson, have the opportunity to experience “hands on” business by running their own project in school, intended to make profit.

We also run a number of trips for different year groups and have in the past been to Cadbury World, Jaguar Land Rover and University of Birmingham for a variety of trips. Contact Us

If you would like any more information about our department or the courses we run please contact the head of department, Mr. O’Rourke via the school

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Bishop Walsh School – 2014 CIPFA Management Games Winners! (6/25/2014)
2014 CIPFA Business Competition


On Wednesday 18th June Year 12 A-Level Business and Economics students got a taste for the world of public finance and accountancy as they took part in a competition organised by CIPFA in the Midlands (The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy).

The 2014 CIPFA management games took place at the University of Birmingham’s Business School and involved a team of seven students taking on the task of running a fictitious public body. With a focus on cutting costs ahead of the next budgetary year students’ attempts to complete a written report and presentation was interrupted by a number of events designed to test their ability to deal with external pressures and respond to change.

The day provided an excellent introduction to the world of work and a way of developing and strengthening teamwork, leadership, management and organisational skills.

Bishop Walsh’s team led by Chief Executive Katherine Gamlen excelled on the day and were declared winners after a rigorous judging process. Edward Scase, also received a prize for his outstanding contribution to the team. Thomas Bateman, Subash Chander, Emmanuel Dosumu, Oscar McGlynn and Benjamin Robinson completed the triumphant team.

“The students involved thoroughly enjoyed the event and winning simply added to what was a fantastic day! Events like this are invaluable in giving our students real-life experiences that reinforce and supplement the work that they do in the classroom.”