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Students who are interested in finding answers to important questions and issues in the world of business and finance often choose to study A Level Business or Economics. Examples of these questions may be:

Students can choose to study Business or Economics at A Level. The Young Enterprise Scheme is also run within this department, which is an excellent ‘real’ experience for students to start up and run their own company. Students of both subjects take a keen interest in current news and issue and play an active role in events such as the ‘mock general election’

Business A Level is an excellent opportunity to learn about how businesses are started, how they are run and the strategies and tactics that make a company successful. We investigate small local businesses as well as large multi-national corporations. Students really enjoy the practical side of this subject, investigating a chosen enterprise opportunity, putting together their own individual business plan and presenting it to an audience.

There has never been a better time to study Economics. It seems that everyone has been talking about it since the financial crash in 2008. We look at current events and issues in detail, using these as starting points to apply the theoretical concepts that are the basis of the course.

As a department, we also look outside for inspiration and enjoy a valuable link with the Keynes society at Eton College, where we attend panel events on such useful subjects as ‘Where now for the UK Economy’? and ‘UK In or Out of the EU’?

Geography

Geography at Burgess Hill Girls is a very popular A Level option and the results are fantastic with 80% at A*/B for A2 over the last eight years and many students going on to read Geography or related subjects at university.

We study the OCR specification which is designed to highlight the main issues and concepts that young adults are likely to encounter in their current and future lives, such that they can make better-informed decisions and be sensitive to a wide range of viewpoints and challenges. This requires an in-depth study of topics over four units to ensure that a large variety of concepts at a wide range of scales and locations are studied.

History

Historians are able to work alone, they are ideas-orientated and develop a skeptical and questioning approach to evidence. Their ability to organise and analyse a wide-range of materials and present their conclusions in a clear and objective way is appreciated by a diverse range of employers.

The study of History trains you to select relevant information, assess the validity of an argument, think and write logically, make informed judgments about controversial issues and present a well-ordered case backed by supporting evidence thereby equipping you for a wide variety of careers.

It is certainly an ideal grounding for law, involving – as both do – the deployment of argument based on evidence. The skill most developed by historians is that of critical analysis and the ability to express ideas, knowledge and interpretations clearly and coherently. In the fields of management, law, administration, accountancy, journalism and marketing, this is a highly valued asset.

Employers regard A Level History as an excellent training in the marshalling of arguments and in decision-making. As a well-respected academic discipline, History is considered a worthwhile A level subject for entry to almost all degree courses.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies at A Level offers a wide and challenging syllabus. It engages both the intellect and the emotions, developing self-awareness and helping you to find answers for yourself. Religious Studies allows you to develop critical thinking skills of debate, assessing the reliability of evidence and, most importantly, assessing and developing arguments by use of well-reasoned explanations. This offers both interest and challenge.

We follow the AQA, Philosophical and Ethical Dialogues with Religion syllabus.

We consider questions such as:

Our A Level results are excellent, and have enabled students to pursue university courses and careers in areas as diverse as International Relations, Politics, Law, Midwifery and Medicine, to name but a few.

 

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