A Level Economics at Bournemouth School
The course aims to develop a critical understanding of the micro- and macroeconomic concepts,
theories, principles and policies which are used to solve the problems facing modern economies.
By the conclusion of the course the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge and
understanding of economics by applying knowledge and understanding to economic problems and
issues arising from both familiar and unfamiliar situations. Furthermore, they should be able to
analyse economic problems, issues and evaluate economic arguments and evidence.
Students who are interested in the following types of issues will be keen to study economics. They will
investigate microeconomics and macroeconomics. Micro economics addresses issues such as: ‘Why
are house prices so high?’, ‘Can pollution be controlled?’ and ‘Should governments interfere with
markets?’. The macroeconomic issues covered include: ‘Why does the government have an inflation
rate target?’, ‘How do interest rates affect us?’, ‘What happens to the economy if people decide to
spend less and save more?’ and ‘How are we affected by the Chinese and Indian economies?’.
The course has been designed to develop:
- knowledge and understanding of economics and economic models
- skills of application of economics to issues in the UK, European Union and globally
- skills of analysis of economic problems and issues in the UK, EU and globally
- the ability to evaluate economic arguments and evidence to make informed judgements
about suitable economic policies.
Our Sixth Form entry requirement is based on the applicant’s best 8 GCSEs including
English and Mathematics with a minimum of 356 points, with an A*, A or B in the
subjects chosen or in a related discipline. The points used are the Department for Education
(DfE) points - 58 A*, 52 A, 46 B, 40 C, 34 D, 28 E. (Maximum = 8 A* = 464 Points).
Essentially this means that you should be confident of achieving at least 6 B grades and 2
C grades at GCSE (and at least C grades in English Language and Mathematics) before
considering applying for a sixth form place at Bournemouth School.2
There are also some subject specific entry requirements in addition to the requirements for
joining the Sixth Form. In most cases, you will be expected to have attained at least a grade
B in the subject that you intend to study at Advanced Level (A-Level). The main exception to
this is for Mathematics and Further Mathematics. To study Mathematics at A-Level we
expect you to have attained an A* or A grade at GCSE, and for Further Mathematics an A*.
These requirements are based upon our experience over a number of years, and how well
Mathematics students cope with the transition between GCSE and A-Level. We recognise
that very few students will have had the opportunity to study Economics, Government and
Politics, or Psychology at GCSE level. To study these subjects at A-Level, we expect you to
have attained at least B grades in closely related subjects. Some subjects do not have any
subject specific requirements (but, you must, of course, have met the requirements of joining
the Sixth Form).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School directly.