Today’s news headlines are dominated by the economy and the detailed examination of large businesses and institutions. The aim of the Economics and Business Studies department is to provide students with the enthusiasm and inquisitiveness to explore these current affairs, to equip them with the knowledge and independence required to ask the right questions and to understand the complexities behind the stories.

Sixth Form studies.

The Economics and Business Studies Department is the largest in the Sixth Form and boasts outstanding results and engagement. In 2017, over 30 students went on to study a course related to accounting, finance, economics or management at undergraduate level.

Housed in the purpose-built Mackinder Building with six members of teaching staff, the department prides itself on exciting and innovative lessons.

Over the last three years, an average of 60% of Economics students have achieved A* or A grades, with 90% achieving A*-B.

Many students go on to read Economics at university and the department has a programme for those interested in making an Oxbridge application.

In Business Studies, the value-added results have consistently been amongst the highest in the College. Over half our entries received an A* or A grade in 2017. The majority of students studying A-level Business go on to read a Business-related degree.

Beyond the curriculum.

The Department offers significant opportunities for students to thrive. The Economics and Enterprise Society arranges talks either at the College or with Eton’s Keynes Society.

Students have arranged for Robert Gardner, Chief Economist at Nationwide, and Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England, to visit the College and address students.

CISI Award.

Those with an appetite for finance are able to study towards the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment’s (CISI) Fundamentals of Financial Services award in Lower Sixth.

This challenging and innovative course investigates equities, bonds, derivatives and other financial assets. This professionally-recognised qualification is a real opportunity for finance enthusiasts.

The Investment Club.

Growing in popularity is the Investment Club, which is open to Lower Sixth students. Each team invests £1,500 in the stock market and competes against other schools in a national competition. From October to June teams look to maximise the value of their portfolio.

Royal Economic Society.

Last year, all Lower Sixth students had to respond to one of the Royal Economic Society’s 2017 essay competition titles.

A huge selection of high-quality responses were produced and five essays highly commended.