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Business Studies

What is Business?

GCSE Business provides you with an opportunity to engage with the world of business today. Business studies uses real business contexts to consider issues and challenges facing entrepreneurs and commercial organisations. You can develop as enterprising individuals with a practical set of key skills, including problem solving and decision-making and interpreting and analysing data. You will use ICT to research current business information and to produce documents, create tables and graphs and for making presentations.

What will I learn?

Topical and current business and economic information and media based resources are used in lessons to bring extra relevance to the theory which is learned in the context of real world situations. You will use ICT to research current business information and to produce documents, create tables and graphs and for making presentations. The subject considers the factors which make a successful entrepreneur and enterprise and how topics like business structure and organisation, business growth, marketing and market research, people in business, production methods, quality and technology, finance, profit and cash flow can contribute to that success. The course emphasises the interrelated nature of business activity and puts it in the context of the wider social and economic environment.

How am I assessed?

Assessment is through two exams of multiple choice questions and short or extended written answers based on short case studies. You will need to analyse data and do some simple calculations.

What can business studies lead to?

Business offers a foundation to gain insight into future career paths in business and can provide a useful stepping stone to many further education qualifications including A Level business, economics, accounting and finance, and careers in marketing, advertising, sales, human resource management, chartered accountancy, management consultancy, trading, teaching roles, banking, insurance, retail, buying, merchandising and administration.


Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?

Michael Palin

In the Geography department at Talbot Heath, we aim to open your daughters' eyes to the world around her, encouraging her practical fieldwork and independent learning skills. We are fortunate that only subject-specialist teachers deliver the curriculum and we do this in a number of ways in order to enable her to make progress as she moves from KS3 to GCSE. We offer a balanced curriculum which will build her knowledge of place, develop her understanding of physical and human geography and provide her with many transferable skills.  

Fieldwork is an essential part of what we offer, with every year group taking part in day or residential trips. Our situation on the south coast means that we are able to access a wealth of landscapes, whether they are coastal, national park, examples of urban redevelopment or ecosystem case studies. Trips are designed to reinforce knowledge gained in the classroom whilst encouraging extension and independent investigation. The new GCSE specifications require students to be able to apply their mathematical skills to data processing and our fieldwork opportunities facilitate this in a meaningful way for our chosen AQA course.


In September 2015 we were delighted to be recognised by the Geographical Association with the award of their SGQM & Centre of Excellence. This dual award was recognition of our high quality teaching, effective lessons and good student outcomes, as well as our work with the wider community. We are a popular GCSE option subject, with students recognizing the value of geography to their future education and career plans. They know that we will work with them to maximize their potential, whilst fostering a love of the subject. Talbot Heath geography staff endeavor to provide a number of extra-curricular opportunities to stretch and challenge our students. The Dorset GA Branch (set up by our geography staff) runs the WorldWise quizzes, where students from local schools (Year 9-11) take part in an annual competition to test their geographical knowledge and there is now a junior version for years 7 and 8. Along with a variety of clubs (Japanese, Oriental & WorldWise) the department strives to provide students with a well-balanced curriculum, which is relevant to their own experiences.


The point of studying economics is to not be fooled by the economists

Joan Robinson

The Economics department at Talbot Heath delivers the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics B, this course is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

Theme 1 - Markets, Consumers and FirmsTheme 2 - The Wider Economic Environment
  • scarcity, choice and potential conflicts
  • enterprise, business and the economy
  • introducing the market
  • the role of credit in the economy
  • market failure and government intervention
  • revenue, costs, profits and cash.
  • globalisation
  • economic factors in business expansion
  • the impact of globalisation on global companies
  • the impact of globalisation on local and national economies
  • global labour markets
  • inequality and redistribution

Theme 3 - The Global EconomyTheme 4 - Making Markets Work
  • business growth and competitive advantage
  • firms, consumers and elasticities of demand
  • productive efficiency
  • life in a global economy
  • the economic cycle
  • introduction to macroeconomic policy.
  • competition and market power
  • market power and market failure
  • market failure across the economy
  • macroeconomic policies and impact on firms and individuals
  • risk and the financial sector.

The aim of the Economics department is to introduce our students to all concepts of economics through building knowledge of core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, and by investigating economic theory through real-world businesses and the environments in which they operate. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of applications to more complex concepts and models are developed in the second year of study.

In lessons, we aim to ensure all of our students are able to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessment and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies. Keeping up-to-date with what is going on in the world, must be a passion for all of our students and also the skills to be able to critique and place a value judgement on theories, models and current affairs.

The girls will develop transferable skills that support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment, including quantitative and analytical analysis, forming and testing hypotheses, and commercial awareness. The development and application of quantitative skills prepare students for the study of economics and related courses at University.

After studying this A’ level, our Economics’ students can easily progress from this qualification to higher education courses such as Economics degrees with a focus on theory, or degrees in applied economics such as environmental economics, labour economics, public sector economics or monetary economics. Alternatively, students may choose to study a business economics, mathematical economics or business degree embracing a wide range of careers ranging from finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, management and consultancy, to becoming professional economists.


All people are living histories – which is why History matters.

Penelope J Corfield,
Professor Emeritus,
Royal Holloway, University of London

At Talbot Heath, History is a dynamic subject area in which we aim to teach your daughter how to analyse key historical events and adopt a critical approach to the understanding and evaluation of evidence. We believe that a knowledge of History is essential to gaining a greater understanding of the world in which we live. We are fortunate that History at Talbot Heath is taught by two subject specialists, both of whom have Masters Degrees and extensive teaching experience. Thus, tasks are academically rigorous, at the same time as being age-appropriate, and lessons encompass a variety of teaching strategies including independent learning, project work, group work and role-play. Within a half-term, your daughter might play a role in the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket, carry out an investigation into the disappearance of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ and present some of her own research to educate her peers about an aspect of life in the Middle Ages. Higher up the School, she might analyse the causes of the Cold War, evaluate the historical accuracy of the film, ‘Testament of Youth’ and work in a group, investigating medicine in the trenches of the First World War.  

Site visits give pupils the opportunity to experience some of the marvellous historical buildings (and ruins) we have in this country and they help to give pupils a real sense of ‘touching the past’. At KS3, the department currently runs trips to Corfe Castle for U3 and Hampton Court for L4. We are extremely fortunate to have a renovated WWII air-raid shelter at Talbot Heath which is used in lessons for the U4 about the ‘Home Front’. Our extensive school archive of artefacts and memories from former pupils’ experiences of WWII is also invaluable in these lessons. The Department has also run residential visits to Berlin to complement our GCSE courses.

Religious Studies

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

Religious Studies is a subject for those who are interested in different religious beliefs, follow the news and enjoy ‘arguing’.

In the RS department at Talbot Heath we aim to open your daughters' eyes to the world around her, encouraging her awareness of different religious beliefs and developing independent learning skills. We offer a balanced curriculum as part of PSRE at Key Stage Three which covers many of the major world religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.  We also look at ethics and philosophy. RS is offered at GCSE and A Level and goes well with humanities subjects and is a good preparation for a variety of careers, especially those which involve dealing with people, for example: Psychology, Law, Medicine, Journalism, Teaching.


Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength

Sigmund Freud

Psychology is the scientific study of cognition and behaviour. Psychologists study both humans and animals to find out how the mind works and why we act as we do. The subject is popular with students, many of whom go on to study it at university.

Psychology is a wide-ranging subject that covers a real diversity of topic areas that can apply to everyday life. Pupils can learn some useful revision techniques when they study theories of memory and explanations of forgetting. They might understand more about historical events such as the holocaust when they learn why some people obey orders to harm others. They could learn about the functions of different areas of the brain and about current advances in neuroscience. They might gain insight into a range of psychological conditions, such as arachnophobia, OCD or schizophrenia, and they will learn about the drugs and therapeutic programmes used to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions. They might understand their younger siblings better after a lesson on children’s social or moral development. They could study offender profiling and learn about theories of crime as part of forensic psychology.  

An A level in Psychology will complement their other subjects by providing pupils with opportunities for essay-writing, critical analysis and debating. Pupils will also learn about the principles of scientific research as they design and conduct their own experiments, and collect and analyse data from questionnaires or observations. Because Psychology involves extended writing, statistical analysis and an understanding of the nervous system, it helps if pupils are good at English, confident in Maths, and if they enjoy Biology.

Psychology A level can provide the basis for many degree courses, including Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Sports Science, Medicine, and Business Management. Careers available to Psychology graduates include Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Counselling and Human Resources.