Economics Linear A Level at Westcliff High School for Girls
It is very important for students to appreciate the scale of the impact of globalisation and interdependence between UK and international firms and the importance of the benefits to the UK in terms of competitiveness and efficiency that can flow from our open economy. You will need to update your notes as the economic situation changes. You will research a topic using newspaper articles, the internet and the library. The course is of a practical nature and you will be invited to assess and compare the theory with the reality in practice.
The main requirement of the course is an interest in the modern world. We arrange a programme of visits to and from speakers from local factories and offices. In the past we have visited firms and environments in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Prague, China and New York. In lessons you will undertake presentations and use ICT to test hypotheses. Extensive exam practice is an integral part of student assessment. It is a subject that demands an objective and disciplined approach; students need to focus on this style of thinking in order to develop a more critical approach in discussion and written work. Do you want to really understand the economic realities that present apparent contradictions of: affluence and poverty; consumerism and the need for capital investment (as much a pressing issue for developed and developing countries) both in the UK and between countries?
Grade A GCSE in English and Mathematics. You need not have any previous experience of this subject. If you have studied GCSE Business Studies and GCSE Economics you are required to have obtained a Grade B
Being a social science, you will find this subject goes well with other sciences such as Psychology and Politics but equally well with Science, Mathematics, ICT and English. Economics can lead to a wide range of Higher Education and employment opportunities, particularly if you are considering a career in the city (finance, business, marketing, management, on the stock exchange), as an economic advisor to businesses or governments, a systems analyst, or economics correspondent for the BBC or ITV.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Westcliff High School for Girls directly.