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Economics at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Economics is a fascinating subject to study, as it helps you to examine the world around you, considering how and why it functions as it does. Economics can also give you new perspectives on some of the most pressing and challenging problems facing the world today. 
 
“Economics is concerned with how society sets about meeting people’s demands for things they want to consume. It looks at the production, consumption and sale of goods and services, both at the level of individual products, firms and consumers and at the level of the total production and consumption by countries. It also compares alternative ways of using the limited resources that countries and individuals possess and considers how efficient and/or fair such alternatives are.” Professor John Sloman 
 
Economic decisions and activities impact many different areas of society and our own everyday lives -  interest rate fluctuations, levels of taxation, unemployment, labour force migration and football transfer prices, to name but a few. In a world where there is increasing debate about scarcity of resources, Economics plays a key role in that it is fundamentally concerned with how to allocate those resources most efficiently. 
 
Economics is a discussion-based subject which requires students to form opinions about the world around them. Much use is made of up-to-date resources such as the internet, newspapers and magazines. 

 

Course content

Course Details  The A Level course is assessed by three external examinations at the end of Year 13 on the following topics: 
 

  • Microeconomic concepts; developing an understanding of the nature of economics, how markets work, market failure, government intervention and business economics.
  • Macroeconomic concepts; developing an understanding of measures of economic performance, aggregate demand and supply, macroeconomic objectives and policy, international economics, the financial sector, and the role of the state in the macro economy. 

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted. 

Subject specific GCSE requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics. Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel 

Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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