— PATRICK HENRY
In the Commerce faculty we aim to embody the core principles of the school by encouraging students to think as leaders, reflect on their role in the global economy and develop the skills necessary to be able to turn an entrepreneurial vision into a reality. Commerce students are expected to be able to collaborate effectively and harness the power of teams to find creative solutions to contemporary business issues. Their findings must then be substantiated with a level of technical accuracy that can only be developed through perseverance and sustained attention to detail. Building Learning Power therefore plays a central role in Commerce and from day one our students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning and approach real-world case studies in a professional way. Commerce therefore demands an intellectual maturity of its students as they engage with contemporary socio-economic issues that not only require superior analytical skills but also the ability to evaluate by making balanced and ethical judgments.
There are three IGCSE subjects represented in Commerce at Key Stage 4 including Business Studies, Economics and Accounting. Business Studies is a multi-faceted subject offering the broadest selection of topic areas in Commerce including: Marketing, Operations Management, Human Resources, Economics and Finance. Successful students in this subject are able to demonstrate higher-level analysis and evaluation skills as well as persuasive writing. They will also be required to reflect on the quality of their own learning and progress as a consequence of studying the importance of productivity, communication and motivation in the workplace. Economics consists of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics enabling students to develop detailed technical knowledge and analysis skills before applying these concepts to real world case studies and socio-economic phenomena at the international level. In this way, Economics is an edifying subject that requires students to exercise advanced critical thinking and logical reasoning to develop their own world view. In Accounting, students gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of businesses and have to demonstrate superior analytical skills in order to classify, interpret and summarise complex financial data and then communicate their findings in a meaningful way.