In A Level Economics you will study how people and societies make decisions that allow them to get the most out of their limited resources. You will look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment, prices, international trade, financial markets, distribution of income, poverty and behaviour. Economists are in healthy debate over these issues. It is this controversy which makes Economics lively and interesting and which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgements and form your own opinion.
You could be working as a professional economist advising governments, big business and private investors, or working in financial services or education. An A Level in Economics can lead to any university course but particularly lends itself to degrees in Economics, Finance or Business.
You will study: Microeconomics, which relates to individuals, firms, markets and market failure and Macroeconomics, which relates to the national and international economy. You are expected to acquire quantitative skills and competencies relevant to the topic area and become familiar with economic facts, figures and statistics. You will require both an ability to write essays as well as strong numeracy and logic to succeed in A-level Economics.
The subject is delivered over two sessions per week, one morning and one afternoon session. You will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods such as group work, presentations, teacher led exposition, research projects, case study materials, film, debates, discussion, televisual and print based media. A Level Economics uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson. Your teacher will develop this knowledge through individual and group activ
This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. At the end of year two you will have three exam papers. The first is microeconomics - markets and business behaviour, the second is macroeconomics - the economy and globalisation and the third is a combined micro and macro paper. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.