It’s an exciting time to study Business and Economics subjects at Sheffield Girls'. This is a dynamic department, with new initiatives in teaching and learning, outstanding opportunities for educational visits and the provision of a variety of enrichment activities to provide your daughter with a positive learning environment in which she can thrive.

While Business and Economics can be studied at GCSE as part of a new combined course, they are stand-alone subjects in Sixth Form at A-level. We pride ourselves on our excellent range of educational visits and enterprise activities that bring each course to life!

Six reasons why you should study Business and Economics at Sheffield Girls'

  1. Outstanding results where all students make excellent progress
  2. They are the most relevant, real life subjects available on the curriculum
  3. Exciting new extracurricular opportunities and educational visits in the UK and abroad are available
  4. All teaching staff currently work as external examiners in senior positions for the courses you will study
  5. We have a passionate, experienced and innovative department to make your learning fun
  6. Whatever your career path, they are respected subjects by employers and universities

The Department

All the staff in the Business and Economics department are experienced classroom practitioners and examiners for the examination boards of the specifications that are delivered to you in school.

Mr S Coote (Head of Department)

Mr Coote is an experienced Head of Department with a track record of delivering outstanding results.  A specialist in MicroEconomics and Finance, Mr Coote has several years' experience of working with businesses and delivering a wide range of enrichment activities, achieving success at a national level.

Mr C Spick

Mr Spick is an experienced teacher of Business and a specialist in the social science of Economics. In addition to his normal teaching role, Mr Spick is a current examiner and team leader for OCR A-level Economics. He has a background in retail and marketing and, prior to joining Sheffield High School in 2009, taught at Durham High School for Girls and at Tapton School in Sheffield.  Mr Spick is currently Head of Year 12, responsible for monitoring the progress of students in this year group.

The courses we offer:

A-level Business Studies

After providing students with a sound knowledge of Business at GCSE, we provide the opportunity to study the subject as a stand-alone A-level qualification.

If you have an interest in one day running your own company or going on to study Business-related courses at University such as management, accounting or marketing, then Business Studies A-level is the subject for you.

In the first year of the course you will build your knowledge of core business concepts and will apply them to business contexts to develop a broad understanding of how businesses work.  You will focus particularly on the core functional areas of any business such as marketing, people, finance and operations management.

In the second year of the course you will take a much more strategic view of business opportunities and issues.  You will develop a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding with applications to a wider range of contexts and more complex business information.

The business world is ever-changing and a constant presence in everybody’s lives. This unique characteristic allows us to bring this subject to life in the classroom with real-world examples and case studies to support all areas of the course.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Young Enterprise – with the aid of a business advisor, students have the opportunity to set up and run their own business.  Being responsible for every aspect of starting and running a company, the team must work effectively as a unit to make as much profit as possible.  

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales BASE Competition – students take on the role of chartered accountants to solve a business problem with the help of a business expert.

National Student Investor Competition – this is a fantastic enrichment activity where students are given the task of investing an imaginary £100,000 on the London Stock Exchange with the aim of maximising their portfolio value. This allows you to learn more about the stock market and the cut-and-thrust of City trading with a top prize of a trip to New York!

Business Prefects – our team of business prefects is responsible for assisting with Enterprise days, mentoring Business students lower down the school, assisting with open days and helping to run the department's magazine.

Departmental Magazine – students have the opportunity to contribute to the running of the Department's Business and Economics magazine in a variety of roles such as feature writer, editorial team, publishing etc.

Educational Visits

In Year 12, students visit factories in the Midlands such as Jaguar Land Rover and JCB to see the production process actually taking place. At each venue the girls receive an educational talk and factory tour.

During their time in the Sixth Form, they are also given the opportunity to go on a foreign residential visit. Past destinations have included Paris, New York and China.