Business and Management

Business and Management drives the world economy; it creates jobs, growth and wealth and helps to improve our quality of life and living standards. The Department’s aim is to provide a thorough understanding of the techniques and practices that lie behind making informed business decisions and so equip pupils with an invaluable life skill.

Studying Pre-U Business and Management will provide an in depth understanding of how the world works which can contribute to both personal success and career satisfaction. It augments the study of many other disciplines and widens pupils understanding making them career ready for their future in the ‘real world’. Indeed Business and Management is one of the most popular subjects chosen by Carthusians for study at university either on its own, jointly across the Arts and Social Science disciplines, or to add breadth to the study of Science and Mathematics.

The Pre-U has a particularly global focus and is essentially concerned with providing a very comprehensive introduction to the study of both Business and Management.  It offers academic rigour allied to the development of practical business skills.  We analyse contemporary business issues as well as the fundamentals behind China and India as emerging world powers. Particular attention is paid to developing communication and presentation skills and there is a strong element of numerical work to develop understanding of the quantitative methods used by businesses to research and measure objectives and performance. 

IB Business Management is equally rigorous. Challenging and dynamic, this course offers a holistic view of the world of business that encourages pupils to critically think about individual and organisational behaviour and explore business issues both global and local so they appreciate how different cultural perspectives influence business decision-making. Business and Management studies the main functional areas of business; marketing, accounting and finance, operations and human resources. These topics reflect the core of the course and their integration contributes strongly to the holistic nature of the course. Business and Management will also cover management processes and decision making against a backdrop of strategic uncertainty due to economic, social and political change. The interaction of individuals and groups within an organisation are very important and pupils will learn how they can be successfully managed and ethically optimised and as such the subject is very well placed within the individual and societies area of the IB diploma. Through Internal Assessments and the extended essay pupils will reach out beyond the classroom to build intellectual and practical connections to the wider society. Particular emphasis is placed on business decision-making. Pupils studying IB Business Management will also acquire skills that will be supportive of their CAS activities and of course the critical thinking so essential to support their 'Theory of Knowledge' option.  

The ‘AS’ level is a succinct one year course which helps pupils to understand the basic principles of how business works to drive an economy, which in turn generates the wages and profits essential for private sector investment and from which tax revenues are collected to fund the public sector, infrastructure and government.

Full details of the curriculum are available in the Under School (Years 9-11) Curriculum and Sixth Form Curriculum sections.

Members of the Business and Management Department have a wealth and variety of experience spanning both commerce and education.  This expertise enables the department to offer rigorous theoretical business analysis allied to a real world context.

Best practice is ensured by holding regular meetings so that pupils benefit from our varied backgrounds and are provided with a stimulating and interesting curriculum.  Highly-relevant speaker events and business visits also play a major supportive role to our courses, reinforcing pupils’ appreciation of the relevance and significance of studying this subject.

Ms Jean Oxley, BA - Head of Department

Mrs Oxley joined Charterhouse in 2004 to teach Business and Economics following a successful senior level business career in marketing for a range of leading international brands at Unilever, Timex and AOL Time Warner.  During her time at Charterhouse Mrs Oxley has been MiC for Young Enterprise and Monday Activities, ran the Challenge of Management Conference and the Student Investors Challenge, had responsibility for Overseas Pupils and currently manages the McKinsey Scholarship Programme.

Mr Alex Wiscombe, BA

Mr Wiscombe came to Charterhouse after teaching Economics & Business Studies and Head of PSHE at Brighton College. Educated at The Royal Hospital School; Newcastle University; CFA Institute; University of West England (PGCE). Mr Wiscombe has responsibility for enterprise and entrepreneurship at Charterhouse and is involved in football and tennis coaching at both Under School level and the Specialists. Mr Wiscombe's interests include tennis, hiking and rugby.