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Economics AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

The recent ‘credit crunch’ and its continuing aftermath served to reinforce the importance of Economics to our everyday lives.

This course provides an opportunity to examine the different ways that the ‘invisible hand’ guides our everyday lives.

The course covers fours topic areas:

Theme 1: An Introduction to markets and market failure

Theme 2: The UK Economy – performance and policies

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour market

Theme 4: A Global Perspective

Themes 1 and 2 are assessed at both AS Level and A Level. Themes 3 and 4 are assessed at A Level only.

The course contains an element of data analysis and learners are expected to demonstrate skills of both quantitative and qualitative analysis. When considering this course, learners should be aware that they will need to be confident to both read and produce extended pieces of writing as well as analysing statistical data. Some calculations, such as rates of change, will be required.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Paper 1  Introduction to markets and market failure   

Basic microeconomic models such as demand and supply, operation of price mechanism and causes of market failure.

Application of these models to a wide variety of contexts

Development of a critical approach to economic models and methods of enquiry.

Interpretation of statistical and other forms of economic data.

 

Paper 2  The UK Economy – Performance and policies

Developments in the UK economy and government policies over past 20 years – the economic cycle.

The influences of the EU and external events in the international economy on UK economic performance

Development of a critical approach to economic models and methods of enquiry.

Interpretation of statistical and other forms of economic data.

 

A LEVEL

Paper 1  Markets and Business Behaviour

This paper assess the microeconomic knowledge of candidates.

It is based on themes one and three in the A Level Specification.

 

Paper 2 The National and Global Economy

This paper assess learners knowledge of macroeconomic issues.

It is based on themes two and four in the specification.

 

Paper 3  Micro and Macro Economics

This is a synoptic paper which assesses candidates knowledge across the full range of content from this course.

Entry requirements

Grade C in English and Grade B in Maths or Grade B in GCSE Economics

GCSE APS of 41

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1

1 hour 30 minute examination

Section A: Multiple choice and short answer questions

Section B: 1 data response question chosen from 2 possible scenarios

Maximum Marks available:

80 marks

Weighting:

50% of AS

 

Paper 2

 

1 hour 30 minutes examination

Section A: Multiple choice and short answer questions

Section B: 1 data response question chosen from 2 possible scenarios

Maximum Marks available:

80 marks
Weighting

50% of AS

A LEVEL

Paper 1

2 hour examination

Section A: Multiple Choice and Short answer questions.

Section B: One data response question broken down into a number of parts

Section C: A choice of extended open response essay questions

Examination in June

Maximum Marks available: 100

Weighting35% of A level

 

Paper 2

 

2 hour examination

Section A: Multiple Choice and Short answer questions.

Section B: One data response question broken down into a number of parts

Section C: A choice of extended open response essay questions

Examination in June

Maximum Marks available: 100

Weighting:  35% of A Level

 

Paper 3

2 hour examination

Section A and B both contain a data response question which is broken down in a number of parts including a choice of extended essay questions.

Maximum Marks available: 100

Weighting:  30% of A level

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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  • Start date: Next September

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