It’s an exciting time to study Business and Economics subjects at Sheffield Girls' Sixth Form. 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.

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 Economics

Economics is a respected social science which opens the door to a vast range of university courses and careers.

Economics is one of the most relevant and interesting courses on offer to students at Advanced Level. Economics determines our pay, the jobs we do, the industries we work in, how we travel, where we live, the goods we buy, where we buy them and the price we pay! To have an understanding of this subject is an essential life skill.

The department consists of specialist economics teachers and examiners with many years’ combined experience. Our work as external examiners for the current examination specification allows us to deliver the material with examination technique in mind throughout the course. This in turn helps us to achieve outstanding academic results and support students of all abilities. Many of our students go on to study Economics at top universities such as London School of Economics and University College London (UCL).

What is Economics?
Standard Definition: Economics is the study of how our scarce resources are allocated to meet our unlimited wants as a society.

In our opinion this definition does little to help people understand the subject! It is far more useful to outline the major topic areas and issues that you will address during your time as an economist at Sheffield Girls'.

The Economics course is made up of three components, microeconomics and macroeconomics which are taught over both years, alongside an investigation of economic themes which draws together both Micro and Macro Economics.


From a base of microeconomic theory this component will enable students to discuss and evaluate how well this theory explains our observations of economic agents in the real world. The theoretical workings of the free market provide a useful starting point for explanation and analysis. Imperfections and market failures provide a lead into discussing the merits and drawbacks of government intervention and the usefulness of theory in explaining observations taken from the real world of economics.


This component will provide students with the technical and analytical tools required to understand how the macroeconomy functions on both the domestic and global levels. The course encourages students to adopt a critical approach to their study of policy through understanding the limitations and conflicts that they present. Policy approaches are also considered in a historical context to understand how macroeconomics has changed over time.

A third component focuses on themes in economics.  This is synoptic in nature and draws on content from both the microeconomics and macroeconomics components.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

All students are entered into the Royal Economics Society essay writing competition in Year 12 and produce a piece of extended writing on a current economic issue.  Students also have the opportunity to act as Economics prefects and contribute to the department magazine.

We also have links with The Adam Smith Institute and we hosted a conference in June 2015 with lectures on topics such as the future of the NHS, gender pay gaps and the impact of technology of different groups within society.

Educational Visits

Students take a trip to London for the day, visiting places such as the Bank of England, Canary Wharf, Bloomberg and the London Stock Exchange.

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.