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Year 10 and 11 BTEC Business (Edexcel)

Topics covered during Year 10 BTEC Business include:


Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World

  • Finding information
  • Factors to consider in the current business environment
  • Trends affecting business
  • Size of business and type
  • How business ideas can be successful
  • Business ideas
  • Assessing the suitability of a business idea
  • Producing an initial plan for a business idea
  • Choice of business format
  • Sources of help and support in developing a new business
  • Business model

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Year 13 BTEC Business – Level 3 (Edexcel) This year only

The BTEC Business courses is worth 1, 2 or 3 A-Levels depending on whether it is taken as a single, double or triple option. The single option would be 6 units of coursework, the double option would be 12 units of coursework and the triple option would be 18 units of coursework. It has been designed to give students a ‘hands on’ and practical approach to learning Business Studies. The course is assessed through 100% coursework.

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Year 12 and Year 13 Economics (AQA)

The Economic A-Level course is designed to equip students with a knowledge and appreciation of one of the most relevant topics in society today – The Economy; what is going on, why has it happened and when will things improve.

Economics is 100% exam assessed and consists of two exams at the end of Year 12 if students wish to only acquire an AS qualification, or three exams at the end of Year 13 if students wish to acquire an A-Level qualification.

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Head of Social Sciences

Ms N Cooper

Sociology is the ‘study of society’ and it is a very popular GCSE and A Level at the school. The term ‘society’ refers to the world around you, your community, your country, and all the different people and groups that exist, with their different cultures, beliefs, values, languages, religions etc.

It gives students the chance to study and understand why things are the way they are, and why people behave in certain ways.  Examples of issues that students look at include: Why do some people commit crime? Why do girls do much better at school than boys? Why are we seeing an increase in divorce and a decrease in people getting married? Why is there so much inequality and poverty in the country?

Sociology gives students with an interest in social issues, social justice and current affairs the opportunity to gain a valuable understanding and insight into how society works and how the structures and processes in society, inevitably shape who we are, how we behave and many other aspects of our lives and life chances.  Students develop an understanding of how individuals, groups, institutions and societies are interdependent; the way in which they cooperate and conflict with each other, and the potential causes for the social differences between individuals.  Students are encouraged to think critically and analytically, and to make informed judgements and arguments based on evidence and theories.  Students are asked to reflect on their own experiences of the world in which they live and to develop an increased awareness and understanding of the world they live in and role they play in it.


GCSE Sociology (Years 10 and 11) (EXAM BOARD: AQA)

Sociology (4190)

At GCSE, students follow the AQA syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a wide range of topics and issues within sociology. It provides students will an excellent foundation of sociological knowledge which they can then build on at A Level and beyond if they chose to continue with the subject.

The topics that students cover at GCSE are:

Year 10

  • Introduction to Sociology / What is society? And Research Methods
  • Family
  • Education

Year 11

  • Media
  • Crime and deviance
  • Social inequality and poverty

This subject suits students that enjoy English and written based subjects. The course requires students to complete extended writing and essay tasks, as well as independent research, so being comfortable reading and writing is essential. An interest in current issues and an ability to discuss these and consider other viewpoints is also beneficial.

Students will take 2 papers at the end of year 11, 1.5 hours each.

Revision Guides available in resources section


Results GCSE 2016 96% A*-C, 56% A*/A. Progress * +0.9

A Level Sociology (Years 12 and 13) (EXAM BOARD: AQA)


Students follow the AQA syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a range of topics and issues within sociology.  It provides students with a strong base of sociological knowledge, which they can then develop further at degree level if they chose to study sociology at university.

The topics that students cover at A level are

  • Family
  • Education and Research methods
  • Religion
  • Crime and deviance with Sociology theory and Methods

The course requires students to complete extended writing and essay tasks, as well as independent research, so being comfortable reading and assimilating information is essential, as well as being able to express their ideas and communicate well in writing.  Students will be expected to have an interest in current issues and be willing to discuss these. They will be taught to think critically and analytically.

Currently students are examined at the end of year 13- 3 Papers 2 hours each.

Department Staff
Ms Cooper
Mr Scott


Useful Websites and Resources

Course textbooks: ‘AQA A level Sociology Book one by Trobe, K, Westergaard, H, Webb etc

‘AQA A level Sociology Book two by Trobe, K, Westergaard, H, Webb etc

GCSE Revision book – GCSE Sociology for AQA: Revision Guide and Exam Practice Workbook (Collins GCSE Revision) by Pauline Wilson (Author)


Mass Media Revision Guide



All year 7, 8 and 9 students have regular Citizenship lessons at Bishop Stopford’s School.

Citizenship is the study of world issues which affect the lives of students at Bishop Stopford’s School.  Students are involved in investigating these issues and understanding how they affect them and what they can do as individuals and a part of society to change things.  The Citizenship curriculum explores areas such as how we make the law, our place within the economy, an understanding of the political and legal system and the development of democratic government , careers choices, human rights and the precious liberties enjoyed by citizens of the UK and how we all relate to the rest of the world. There is also a focus on tolerance, British values, communities and how we all live together, our similarities and differences.  The aim of the citizenship curriculum is to help our students to understand and play a part in the world locally, nationally and internationally and to be equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions.

The Citizenship Department supports students to be:

  •  Aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens
  •  Informed about the social and political world
  •  Concerned about the welfare of others
  •  Articulate in their opinions and arguments
  •  Capable of having an influence on the world
  •  Active in their communities
  •  Responsible in how they act as citizens.


Citizenship lessons are based on issues that are:

  • real: learning about people’s lives
  • topical: current
  • sensitive: how issues can affect people at a personal level
  • controversial: issues which people disagree and hold strong opinions about them
  • moral: issues which relate to what people think is right or wrong, important or unimportant in society


Citizenship lessons also cover aspects of PSHE which covers a wide range of topics including risk, relationships, diversity, healthy lifestyles, change, and financial capability. Depending on which year group they are in Pupils may also attend whole year group presentations on Bullying, Road Safety, SRE and Puberty during the year.

Our aim is to promote the happiness and well-being of our pupils. Our goal is to encourage in pupils sufficient understanding to develop as rounded, fulfilled individuals and as responsible citizens. Our programme is varied and sensitive to changing social pressures and individual needs.


Citizenship lessons also cover aspects of careers education which covers a wide range of topics including thinking skills, decision making, research into different career possibilities and guidance in year 9 option choices. Year 10 and 11 both participate in Work the Change days in order to help them make informed decisions about their futures.

In Year 9, citizenship is taught once a week.

In year 7 and 8 Citizenship is taught once a fortnight

Citizenship in year 10-13.

Tutor groups discuss and explore a wide range of topics related to news items and current affairs.  All year 10 and 11 students study RE GCSE in which ethical and global issues are discussed.

Developing pupils as leaders and student voice

Leadership skills are developed from year 7 upwards. Pupil participation and involvement in school decision-making are encouraged through student council and through a system of prefects which contributes strongly to pupils’ personal and social development.

Students higher up the school are encouraged to mentor young pupils both academically and pastorally.


Christmas Fayre 2016

xmasbannerCome and join us to celebrate Christmas and raise awareness for the homeless at Christmas.

At Bishop Stopford’s School, Brick lane, EN1 3PU
9th Dec 2016 3.30pm-7pm


Craft stalls, Santa Grotto, face painting, activities, raffle, refreshments & food available

E-Safety Parent Information Evening

esfetyiconDear Parent/Guardian,

I am writing to invite you to our E-safety Parent information evening on Tuesday 6th of December at 6.00pm, which will last no longer than an hour.

In the digital age in which we live, there are many ways that young people can communicate with other people. This session is a ‘must’ for all those who are concerned about the safety of their children when using technology.

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PrintI would like to invite you to the evening for parents of students in Year 7 which will be held on:

WEDNESDAY 23rd November 2016
in the Main Hall from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

I would like to invite you attend the Parents’ Evening for Year 7 students.  This is an excellent opportunity for all parents and guardians to come along and meet the members of staff who have been teaching your children. For this evening, we are using an online appointment system which will give you the chance to make a 5 minute appointment with each of your child’s subject teachers to discuss progress and achievement.

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GCSE Exam Results 2016

20160825_093800Students at Bishop Stopford’s School make good progress under new government measures. Congratulations to all the students who have just received their exam results. Mrs Day would like to thank the students, parents and teachers who have all worked very hard in delivering these results. The students were committed and focused throughout the exam period and this has paid off with terrific outcomes with some of our best students getting A*/A grades across the board.

We look forward to this year and the exciting new specifications for many A level and GCSE courses. No doubt our students will once again commit to their studies with enthusiasm and determination and far exceed every expectation.

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Sixth Form are launching a book club !

PrintDear colleagues,

The Sixth Form are launching a book club to which staff are invited.

The first book will be ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak. If you’d like to take part please read the book and we will have a discussion group in the new library 4 weeks into the next half term – around about 25th November. Please let me know if you are taking part so that I have an idea of numbers.

Many thanks, Rob Smith.


Geography Trip to Canary Wharf

1Last week, ten lucky Year 8 students who are part of the Geography ‘Water Explorer’ Club, were invited to visit HSBC Headquarters in Canary Wharf. Chosen from 500 teams from across the country; Tylan, Zayn, Reilly, Savvas, Antonio, Alexander, Anna, Rachael, Rianna and Pilar competed at the National Celebration Event.



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