Economics, Finance & Business Studies

    There are many options for students with an interest in the economic and business world around them.  The department has a number of courses, activities and competitions on offer such that all students should have engaged with the department during their time at the school.


    Economics is a dynamic social science. The study of economics is essentially about dealing with scarcity, resource allocation and the methods and processes by which choices are made in the satisfaction of human wants. As a social science, economics uses scientific methodologies that include quantitative and qualitative elements.

    At Ryde, we offer A Level Economics through the Edexcel board and the IB diploma Economics programme at both Standard and Higher Level.


    Finance is a popular career choice for many graduates and makes up a large percentage of UK GDP and exports.  At Ryde, the BTEC in Personal and Business Finance is offered to our IB Career-related Programme students as a vocational degree.  This is the industry standard for working in securities and allows students to build on their qualifications, either at university or if they enter employment in finance directly. 

    business studies

    Business Studies is an introduction to the professional world of work. Critical reflection, problematization and analytical problem-solving are important elements of the subject. It is also an interdisciplinary subject that incorporates knowledge from Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Mathematics, Statistics and Law.

    At Ryde we offer Business Studies GCSE through the Cambridge IGCSE board which is a new syllabus, improving on old qualifications with a wider range of areas covered and removal of coursework as an assessment method.

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