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Economics A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Eastbourne College

Course description

Economics aims to develop in students an understanding of concepts and theories through critical consideration of issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. In microeconomics, we study such topics as the determination of prices, the way firms compete and the reasons for individuals, organisation and societies having to make choices. In macroeconomics, inflation, unemployment, economic growth and international trade are examples of issues dealt with.
The syllabus is intended to encourage candidates to:
- understand current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect their lives;
- develop their understanding of economic concepts and theories and the ability to apply these concepts to an appropriate range of issues;
- use contemporary applications and issues to develop understanding of relevant concepts and an appreciation of their value and limitations in explaining present day economic problems;
- analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it;
- apply their understanding of Economics to aspects of the recent performance of the UK economy;
- think as economists, see the relationship between different aspects of the subject and apply the economists’ ‘tool kit’ in a meaningful way.

Course content

You should consider choosing Economics if you have a real interest in current affairs and social and political issues. It is a disciplined, theoretical subject. It suits those who prefer methodical approaches to problems and are not shy of dealing with numerical data such as graphs and tables. Economics combines well with a range of science and arts subjects and leads to university courses like Law, Accounting, Politics and, of course, Economics.

Entry requirements

The Economics course requires reasonable proficiency in Mathematics. It is recommended that students wanting to study Economics have at least an ‘A’ grade at GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). For further information please contact Mr Bowmer.

Assessment

Two written papers are sat to achieve an AS level. There is one paper titled Markets in Action, which covers micro-economics and concerns the allocation of resources, market efficiency and government intervention. The other paper is titled The National and International Economy, which covers macro-economics and includes the study of key national and international economic indicators, policies and problems. The papers will be based around some case-study material (text, data and graphs), with a number of stepped compulsory questions, culminating in a mini essay. Both papers are one and a half hours long and will be sat at the end of the Lower Sixth year.

Financial information

*FEES PAYABLE*

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastbourne College directly.

Last updated date: 16 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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