Liquidity crisis? Public sector strikes? Bad debts? The confident citizen needs to know about these things. An effective professional manager needs the confidence to make judgements about them. This subject concerns itself with such up-to-the-minute questions, using a body of theory which is constantly evolving. As well as acquiring the knowledge that will enable you to become a well informed citizen, this subject will equip you with a variety of invaluable and transferable skills.
We would argue this is the most relevant subject you will ever experience! Not everyone is going to be an entrepreneur and nor do they need to set up in business. However, wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be surrounded by and/or working for a business. So why not get ahead of the game?
Our course analyses UK business operations, but the scope of learning is global: from China’s management success to the credit crunch of the Western world, from the BP oil spill to the exploding market of online dating. We are absolutely current. Reinforcing our global perspective, we have a strong contingent of international students.
Business Studies is a dynamic subject and our diverse Business Studies department has energetic, experienced practitioners, including industry experts. They work in new, state-of-the-art Business Studies classrooms, where Old Brentwoods and numerous parent entrepreneurs regularly contribute to our lessons.
And if all of this isn’t enough, our students have the opportunity to go to New York and experience one of the most vibrant business communities in the world, first hand.
This course will encourage students to:
- Develop a critical understanding of organisations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. This will involve consideration of the internal workings and management of organisations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in a dynamic, external environment.
- Gain insight into the current structure of business and business practice - as reflected in events and issues affecting organisations in different sectors and environments - recognising that they face differing degrees of competition.
- Acquire a range of skills involving decision-making, problem solving and evaluation.
To view the Business Studies curriculum please click here.
Mrs Roberta Taker
Mrs Taker joined Brentwood School in 2007. She loves working with students who are keen and eager to learn, to stretch their imaginations and enable them to truly understand the world we live in. Her philosophy is to think out of the box and aim to push boundaries by encouraging children to be inquisitive. As a teacher of Business and Economics, she believes there is only one way to do things and her lessons reflect this. Whether interacting with current markets in virtual competitions or debating the ethics of child labour - every lesson is different.
Miss Kelly Miller
Miss Miller started teaching at Brentwood School in 2006. For Miss Miller, Brentwood School provides a fantastic working environment because the students epitomise the core values of the school; virtue, learning and manners. She commented: "The world in which we live is immersed in businesses and therefore Business Studies is an increasingly relevant, exciting and inspiring subject. I believe in dynamic and inclusive lessons, which are consistently brought to life with current affairs and an academically focused but fun learning environment." Debating the breaking headlines of the BP oil spill to in-depth analysis of the BA employee strikes, her lessons are forever evolving and adapting to the current business environment. Students are encouraged to develop their confidence through innovative pitches and presentations, their communication skills through team working and their knowledge through independent research.
Mr Shaun Murtagh-Howard
Mr Murtagh-Howard joined Brentwood School in 2011 because it offers a first class education that prepares children for life in the real world. Every student is treated as an individual. His philosophy in life is to aim high and pursue excellence in everything you do. As a former Director of a large multi-national company, his background enables him to bring to my lessons real life experiences that will show the students that it does all make sense. He commented: 'In certain Business subjects we have no right or wrong and I love to debate the issues of today, encouraging students to take an interest in what goes on around today within the news and current economic issues.'
Mr Peter Slater
Prior to teaching, Mr Slater spent 35 years in marketing/business planning jobs in the car industry with spells working in Germany, USA, Netherlands and Japan. He has spent nine years teaching, the last four at Brentwood. His main speciality is labour markets. Mr Slater was acting Head of Careers in 2011 and is the department's Oxbridge mentor and co-ordinates the Target 2.0 competition. Outside interests include watching the stock markets, grandchildren, opera and golf.