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Economics and Business: A-level

Qualification: A-level

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Grade 5 or above in both GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths.


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A subject that prepares you for life

Studying business prepares everyone for future life. Ultimately all students will be involved with the world of business - as a consumer, an entrepreneur or an employee.

The course, officially titled 'Economics B', is taught by three subject specialists who have over 50 years’ teaching experience between them, plus experience in the commercial world. We pride ourselves on getting students to reach beyond their initial aspirations. 

We work exceptionally hard as a team to ensure the best outcomes and have strong relationships with students, who often stay in touch long after their education at Silverdale Sixth Form has finished.

The overall aim of this course is to help you build knowledge of Business and Economic concepts and apply them to different business situations and economic environments.  The course will help students demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies and make informed judgements about the role of economics and business in society.


The course

The course takes economic theory and asks student to apply this to business world.

Theme 1: Markets, consumers and firms

  • Scarcity, choice and potential conflicts
  • Enterprise, business and the economy
  • Market failure and government intervention

Theme 2: The wider economic environment

  • Business growth and competitive advantage
  • Life in a global economy
  • Introduction to macroeconomic policy

Theme 3: The global economy

  • Economic factors in business expansion
  • Impact of globalisation on global companies
  • Inequality and redistribution

Theme 4: Making markets work

  • Competition and market power
  • Macroeconomic policies and impact on firms and individuals
  • Risk and the financial sector

We attract around 50% of students who have never studied GCSE Business or Economics; as a result lessons are differentiated, catering for those who have some prior knowledge and for those who have none.

We teach active lessons designed to engage students whilst building crucial skills such as evaluation and analysis for their examination. We encourage reading around the subject and an active interest in our dynamic subject to ensure that the perspective you bring to answers is fully rounded. We also have an X (formerly known as Twitter) page: @SilverdaleEcon.


Beyond the classroom

Past activities have included:

  • Visiting JCB investigating lean production.
  • Visiting speakers from The Bank of England, WASE, British Business Bank, The Ordinary and ARF Football.



Many students have used their skills to work in a variety of careers linked to Business and Economics and beyond– from finance to marketing, sales to law, banking to setting up their own business.

Alumni include the CEO of Deciem, an Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley, owners of Năm Sông café in Broomhill, the MD of Resolve IT Solutions, the Marketing Manager at HD Sports Sheffield, as well as teachers, accountants, and postgraduate academics.