Economics, Politics & Business Studies

Malvern has a long history of teaching Economics and Politics and we have recently added the teaching of Business studies to the department range of studies. Currently we teach A level Economics, Business Studies and Politics, and International Baccalaureate Higher and Standard Economics. Well over 200 pupils are currently studying these subjects in the Sixth Form.

The Malvern Economics, Politics and Business department returned to action in fine form this September.

With 10 teaching staff and over 230 pupils we will be seeking to replicate and build upon many years of academic success.

This year our examination results were very good indeed;

  • IB Higher Level Economics 75% of pupils achieved 7-6 IB points, with 40% achieving the top grade.
  • A level Economics 93% of pupils achieved A*-C, with over 40% of pupils achieving A*/A grades. A very impressive set of results for the first year of the new specification.
  • A level Business Studies group also performed strongly with 85% achieving A*-C grades.
  • A level Government and Politics 90% of students achieved A* - B grades.

Over the last five years, on average, 40% of Upper Sixth leavers going on to university do so to study degrees directly related to the three subjects taught in the department. In 2017 we maintained our regular Oxford and Cambridge success rate. Over the years pupils have regularly been awarded places on courses such as Economics, HSPS, Land Economy, PPE and Economics and Management each year. We have a current cohort of hopefuls this year too who we will support in their quest to similarly gain their places at prestigious universities.

We wish all of our leavers success in their studies at university. We look forward to keeping up to date with their progress, pleased to see them studying subjects that they first discovered here at Malvern.

In the first few weeks of this academic year pupils have been keenly focussed on their studies. The department has had two meetings of the Economics Society, both to audiences of 20 pupils or more, and Sofija Rakcejeva has presented a paper to the College’s Wheeler-Bennett Society on ‘Catastroika: Why Did Chinese-style Economic Reforms not save the Soviet Economy?’.

The department wishes Chris Calderwood well in his new role in London, and we welcome Mrs Roberta Keys (Deputy Head: Logistics), Mrs Michelle Nardone (Housemistress of No.8) to the department. These excellent and experienced teachers with strong academic track records have varied backgrounds and interests and will be a great addition to an already diverse and experienced department.

Whilst the global economy goes through its many cycles, it is fair to say that the Malvern Economics Department continues to chart a strong course of academic rigour, aiming to flourish and continue to produce good results.

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