Shrewsbury School

Business Studies

More detail about all of our academic faculties can be found in our Third Form Curriculum document, our Fourth Form Curriculum document (leading up to GCSE) and The Sixth Form and Beyond.

Head of Faculty: Mr C.W. Kealy

Shrewsbury School was one of the pioneers of the Business Studies A Level. Teaching is largely based on case studies of both real and fictional companies, so pupils obtain a broad understanding of a wide range of businesses. It is certainly one of the most topical subjects: an article from today’s FT may well form the basis of today’s lesson.

Pupils have an immediate affinity with marketing, and finance/accounts is inevitably central to the subject. We delve into psychology in human resource management, and operational factors form another major unit. Over-arching these is an awareness of external constraints on businesses, including macro-economic factors and understanding strategic decision-making.

All pupils belong to the Business Club, a society that has invited many prominent businessmen to visit. We have also welcomed a number of local entrepreneurs to pass on their personal words of wisdom.

Pupils take part in various business competitions. One of these is the 'ifs School of Finance Student Investor Competition', which is a national stock market investment game (using pretend money!) in which the participants pit their skills against teams from all over the country. In 2015 a team from Shrewsbury School reached the regional final and narrowly missed the opportunity to go to the national final.

Business and management courses are among the most popular university choices for leaving Salopians.

Colm Kealy, Head of Business Studies

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