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Economics A level at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School

Course description

The study of Economics provides a useful insight into the way our Economy works and shows how Economics affects us all in our day to day living. As well as developing an understanding of a range of economic concepts, the course develops analytical and quantitative skills that will equip students for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

The course will develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. It will give you an appreciation of the many ways in which Economics will mould and shape your adult life. Students will develop transferable skills that support study in a wide range of subjects at University and the transition to employment.

Course content

The course comprises four themes:
 
Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure
 
This gives a general introduction to the nature of economics and how prices are determined in the real world and what can be done when things go wrong with the price mechanism.
 
Theme 2: The UK Economy- Performance and Policies
 
This unit gives a general introduction to the key measures of economic performance which appear in our papers and on the news every day and what we can do to influence them
 
Theme 3: Business behaviour and the Labour Market
 
This unit examines how businesses operate and grow and how the labour market operates. It then goes on to look at how government intervention can help to influence these areas of the economy.
 
Theme 4: A Global Perspective
 
This unit develops the knowledge and skill gained on unit 2, but applies them to a global context. Students will develop an understanding of international economics, poverty and inequality, emerging and developing economies and the financial sector.

Entry requirements

Applicants to the Sixth Form need to have achieved a minimum of five FULL GCSEs at grade C or above as well as the entry requirements for the individual course:

It is not necessary to have studied this course at GCSE Level but students should have a grade B in English and Mathematics GCSE.

Assessment

Paper 1: Markets and Business Behaviour: 35%
 
This is a written examination of 2 Hours consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions, and a data response question broken down into parts with one open response question.
 
Paper 2: The National and Global Economy: 35%
 
This is a written examination of 2 Hours consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions, and a data response question broken down into parts with one open response question.
 
Paper 3: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics: 30%
 
This is a written examination of 2 Hours consisting of one data response question broken down into parts, including a choice of extended open-response questions.

Further information

It is possible to obtain an AS qualification in Economics after one year by studying themes 1 and 2 only. Assessment will take the form of two 90 minute written examinations each worth 50% of the qualification. Each examination consists of multiple choice and short answer questions, and a data response question broken down into parts with one open response question.

Career Ready UK is an initiative aimed at those students who are interested in pursuing a career in business. It represents the formation of a business school within the sixth form, and offers a framework for students to develop their business skills. To be part of this scheme, students must opt to take two business-related qualifications including: BTEC Business or BTEC IT; or A Levels in Business, ICT, Economics or IFS (The Double Business option can only be counted as one business subject). The Career Ready programme is particularly designed to motivate young people who have not yet realised their potential. Students are invited to apply in writing and if short listed, an interview will take place to ensure the best candidates are chosen for this programme.
 
Career Ready students will receive a programme of enrichment activities aimed at developing employability skills, business knowledge and self-esteem. Key to the Career Ready experience is the paid student internship: an industry placement for up to 6 weeks, earned through an interview. In addition there is the opportunity for every student to be mentored by someone from business, allowing them to reflect their learning to an adult other than a teacher. The programme will also involve various trips to business institutions and access to successful business role models. Students will be invited to a launch evening from which a formal selection process will take place. If students are successful they will be invited onto this prestigious programme. Over the past 10 years 98 students have benefited from this programme many going onto University to study business related subjects or entering the world of work after their A Level studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016
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