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Economics A-Level at The West Bridgford School

Course description

The Economics A-level has the traditional split between Micro and Macro Economics. During AS, the students will be taught microeconomics by one teacher and macro by another. The micro economics unit will look at how markets operate, how decisions are made, problems in markets and how the government responds to this.

In macroeconomics students learn about the national economy and how we measure the performance of the economy. Key performance indicators including GDP, Unemployment, Inflation, Trade and Debt will be used to help students analyse and compare the performance of the UK against other economies. When the students move up to A2 level, there is further understanding in the key micro and macro areas.

Economics fits with many subject combinations including; ICT, Computing, History, Geography, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Psychology. However we have had pure science students continue with Economics and used it to bring width to their University applications.

The course in A Level Economics provides a sound basis for students wishing to go into Higher Education or into a career in the business environment or working in some capacity in local or national government.

 

YEAR 12:

ECON 1: Markets and Market Failure

What is a market? How do we make decisions on what to buy? How is price determined? Should firms pay for their pollution? The answers to these questions and others will be in this unit which introduces the topic of Microeconomics and how decisions are made. Students will then apply this with current problems and issues. Other topics include economic behaviour, markets such as agriculture, commodity, oil & transport plus Government intervention.

Assessed through a 1hour 15 minute examination comprising of multi choice and multi part data response questions.

ECON 2: The National Economy

The UK economy is still one of the largest economies in the world, but how large? How is it measured and what happens when it does not grow? These macro issues are studied in this unit and how the government may or may not influence the performance of the economy. Areas such as the analysis of aggregate supply and demand, knowledge of recent trends and developments in the UK economy will also be studied and overall Government policy will underpin much of the theory.

Assessed through a 1hour 15 minute examination comprising of multi choice and multi part data response questions.

YEAR 13:

ECON 3: Business Economics & the Distribution of Income (Assessed by 2 hour exam)

The study of the behaviour of firms and individual is further explored in this Microeconomics unit. What happens when a monopoly develops? How are wages determined and should the government keep, raise or abolish the minimum wage? Finally, how can envi-ronmental economics be developed to control behaviour by firms?

ECON 4: The National and International Economy (Assessed by 2 hour exam)

A much deeper understanding of Macroeconomics including the impact of globalisation on UK economic performance and the effect of EU membership will be studied. There will be a historical look at government policy in the UK and models and concepts will be

The course in A Level Economics provides a sound basis for students wishing to go into Higher Education or into a career in the business environment or working in some capacity in local or national government.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Ecomonics - plus Grade A in GCSE English and Maths would be ideal, within one of the below: 

3 A Level subjects + General Studies: 3 Grade B in chosen subjects + 2 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

4 A Level subjects + General Studies: 2 Grade A/A* + 2 Grade B in chosen subjects + 1 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The West Bridgford School directly.

Last updated date: 12 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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