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Economics A Level at Raynes Park High School

Course description

Economics is a fascinating subject that helps you understand the world around you. Economics is a modern and highly interesting subject that is highly relevant in today’s society.

Have you ever wondered:

  • Why Wayne Rooney earns more than David Cameron?
  • Why cigarettes and alcohol are taxed so heavily?
  • What effect the Euro has on your life?
  • Why European food surpluses are not given to poor countries suffering famine?
  • Why parking is so expensive in London?

Economics is a social science. Therefore there is a high mathematical and analytical content. It is a discussion based subject that requires students to question the world around you. A questioning analytical mind is a must! Successful Economics students must take an interest in current affairs, be willing to read newspapers and watch relevant television programmes. By its very nature, Economics raises questions over questions. However, by the end of the AS course, you will be able to discuss current economic issues such as the Euro Zone crisis, why it is important to control inflation and why if prices fall, demand for goods normally increases.

In summary, if you have an enquiring, questioning mind and want to study a relevant, useful subject that complements any other subject and is highly sought after, then Economics is for you

Course content

You will study a very broad economic curriculum which covers topics such as economic methodology, through to international economics, Government failure and the distribution of income and wealth

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades including at least a B in Maths and English. Economics requires an analytical brain and way of thinking. It does contain a lot of maths which is why a B grade is the minimum

Assessment

Half termly tests, regular key word tests, assessment activities

In year 1, you will sit two exams with each exams 1hr 30 mins in duration. In year 2, you will sit three exams which are either 1 hr 30 or 2hrs in duration

At the end of each half term, will be an assessment activity. Regular key word tests (Economics vocab) will take place to ensure sound subject knowledge is in place before the examination.

AS examinations will take place in the summer June exam series only. The same pattern will be applied if you continue to A2 Economics

Future opportunities

Economics graduates are highly sought after and are highly employable. If you are considering studying Economics at any university, A Level Mathematics will be required, which is a consideration

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Raynes Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 April 2017
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