Economics AS & A level at Stowupland High School
Through this course students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories, through critical consideration of current economic issues, to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world events.
At AS students will develop an understanding of, and an insight into, micro and macro economics.
At A2, students will study the impact of globalisation on UK economic performance and the effect of European Union memberships and economic policy on the UK economy.
The course does not follow on directory from any subjects you took at GCSE. A good foundation in English and Maths, and appreciation of the skills taught in History, Religious Studies or Geography, will help students start soundly on the way to economic enlightenment. Students will look to develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand and analyse data, think critically about issues and make informed decisions. They will also build upon their quantitative skills and appreciate that, when evaluating, quantitative evidence is important.
Ideally you should have a grade B in English or a Humanities subject and a grade B in Maths (any exceptions will be individually considered).
The course is divided into 4 modules with 2 covered at AS and 2 at A2, with an additional fifth paper assessing the overall understanding of the course. All papers are externally assessed.
At AS there are 2 multiple-choice questions, followed by two data response questions. Both papers are equally weighted and contribute 50% to the overall AS grade.
At A2 there are 2 data response questions, from which students choose one on each paper. This is followed in each case by three essay questions, from which students choose one. The 5th paper is multiple-choice followed by Case Study questions assessing all of the previous papers. Each of the 3 papers at A2 contribute 33.33% of the overall A2 grade.
As a social science, Economics can be studied successfully alongside many other subjects and, as a result, career opportunities open to those who have studied the subject can be wide ranging. Students can follow degree based courses as well as entering into finance, banking, civil service, and any area of business, among other careers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.