We aim to create the very best Economics and Business Studies students. The aim of the Economics curriculum is to develop students’ understanding of how the local, national and global economies works through analysing economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.

The aim of the Business Studies curriculum is to equip students with the appropriate knowledge and skills needed to develop their employability and identify business problems and opportunities. We do this by ensuring we deliver quality first teaching which teaches students the understanding of underlying Economic and Business theory which students apply to a variety of familiar and unfamiliar case studies.


We want students to be able to think analytically, reach logical conclusions based on data, and make judgements on future changes to markets and the economy. 

Students will  need to fully understand abstract concepts such as globalisation and know how to capitalise on producing goods abroad in a global setting. They need to see that businesses will have to choose to organise their employees to supply goods and services in the most efficient way to ensure maximum customer satisfaction and profit. Students will be taught how to appreciate the complexities of recruitment and retention of employees and have an integral part in the performance of any business. Throughout the course students will have the opportunity to use their analytical and creative skills to produce marketing plans and promotional materials to show their grasp of the ways that businesses communicate with their customers and suppliers.  Students are constantly challenged to work collaboratively and think independently when engaging in all lessons and class debates. 

Content is delivered to students and then built upon through a variety of practice questions, with regular quality feedback being given to support student progress. The knowledge acquired then allows students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills.

Our students are constantly introduced to a wide variety of viewpoints from some of the most influential economists and entrepreneurs throughout history. We investigate the impact that their work has had on the world we live in and students are encouraged to make links between their studies and real life examples. Students undertake this whilst developing an increased understanding into current events happening globally.


In Economics students are introduced to both Macroeconomics; the part of economics concerned with single factors and the effects of individual decisions, and Microeconomics; large-scale or general economic factors, such as interest rates and national productivity.  Students study a number of topics to build their understanding of these areas and to develop their skills of the nature of economic activity, production, economic choices and the role of a market.  They then explore the wider issues of Government activity, e.g. the different types of taxes, which students will later visit in topics when applying these examples to actual government policies.

In Business Studies students use a variety of real case studies to explore the world of business both locally and globally.  Students look into the purpose of business and the logistics to set them up and the decisions and strategy required.  The Business Studies courses follow a logical sequence of lessons to enable students to see the logistics of business. It is essential that students are fully aware how Business Studies fits into the wider curriculum and relates to their Future choices. At every opportunity they will be made aware of the choices available in the future for their careers and of the vast variety of jobs available throughout the business world both locally and globally and the many alternatives to becoming the person that they want to be.





The main goal of studying Economics and Business Studies at Rivers is to gain a greater understanding of the world in which we live and an insight into the decision-making rationales of individuals and those who shape our local, national and global societies and businesses. 

Through a carefully designed curriculum, students develop an enquiring mind, a critical approach to their work and an independence which supports the development of an analytical and enquiring mind. All traits which are essential for success in the modern world.

The study of Business should also develop our students beyond the school with specialist knowledge to equip them with the life skills that they will need to ensure access to future opportunities within a work environment.

Students should be equipped with a broader understanding of the technical, ethical and economic challenges that businesses face, in order to ensure that they have the knowledge, and confidence to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.

Students should develop as individuals with the capacity, both to ensure success and economic security for themselves, but also to enable them to make a wider contribution to business and to society that they live in.

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