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Economics A Level at Ripon Grammar School

Course description

Economics will help you to understand aspects of current affairs relating to the economy and some of the forces which act upon us all as consumers, producers and citizens. It will enable you to offer informed comment on economic problems and government economic policies. The course also provides you with a good knowledge of developments in the UK economy and government policies over the past fifteen years. You will consider issues such as:

  • Why is the financial sector so important to the UK economy? What caused the financial crisis that began in 2007/8?
  • How can the government reduce road congestion and pollution?
  • Is Microsoft a monopoly, and if so, how does this affect us?
  • Should Britain join the euro? Will the euro survive?
  • Why is the Bank of England so worried about inflation and deflation?
  • How can developing countries like Uganda, Mexico or Bangladesh, use economics to improve their standard of living?
  • What is the best way to tackle the budget deficit? Will this lead to higher taxes and less government spending?
  • Can we eliminate poverty and why is income so unequally distributed?

The course places emphasis on analysing problems and alternative solutions, rather than merely describing them. Students are expected to actively participate in their learning by applying economics to current issues and presenting their own findings and opinions.

Our approach to Economics is to apply economic theory to support analysis of current economic problems and issues, encouraging students to appreciate the interrelationships between microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied Economics at GCSE but students need to have achieved at least six GCSE grades at level B or above (including Maths and English). An interest in current affairs and a willingness to contribute to class discussions is expected.

Assessment

AS Level

There are two written papers of 1 hour and 30 minutes. All the question papers are compulsory.

Paper 1: The Operation of Markets and market failure

The paper is worth 70 marks which is 50% of the AS. Section A: 20 multiple choice questions worth 20 marks. Section B: data response questions requiring written answers, choice of one from two contexts worth 50 marks

Paper 2: The National Economy in a Global Context

The paper is worth 70 marks which is 50% of the AS. Section A: 20 multiple choice questions worth 20 marks. Section B: data response questions requiring written answers, choice of one from two contexts worth 50 marks

 

A-level

There are three written papers. All three papers are 2 hours long and worth 80 marks each. All three papers are equally weighted. All the question papers are compulsory.

Paper 1: Markets and Market Failure

Section A: data response questions requiring written answers, choice of one from two contexts worth 40marks. Section B: essay questions requiring written answers, choice of one from three worth 40 marks.

Paper 2: The National and International Economy

Section A: data response requiring written answers, choice of one from two contexts worth 40 marks. Section B: essay questions requiring written answers, choice of one from three worth 40 marks.

Paper 3: Economic principles and Issues

Section A: multiple choice questions worth 30 marks. Section B: case study questions requiring written answers, worth 50 marks.

Further information

Newcomers to the subject are welcome. Although the course requires no previous knowledge, Economics is recognised as a challenging A-level. Students should follow economic developments and think critically about contemporary economic issues.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions. Students will also develop your quantitative skills and appreciate that, when evaluating arguments, both qualitative and quantitative evidence are important.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripon Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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