A Level Economics - Option C at Arthur Mellows Village College
Why should I study Economics?
In A Level Economics you will look at the fundamental factors which affect our economy and lives, such as market forces, the business cycle, government economic policies, international trade and the distribution of income and wealth in our society. This course will suit students with a keen interest in world economics and politics, and who are willing to read and research.
What will I do during the course?
The specification is split into 2 main areas microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics addresses issues such as: ‘Why are house prices so high?’ Can pollution effectively be controlled?’ and ‘Should governments interfere with markets?’ The macroeconomic issues covered include: ‘Why does the Government have an inflation rate target and how does it affect us?’ ‘What happens to the economy if people decide to spend more?’ and ‘How are we affected by the Chinese and Indian economies?’
Students will also be expected to acquire competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to the subject content and be familiar with the various types of statistical data which are commonly used by economists.
Students wishing to study Economics will have gained a Grade B or above in English and Maths and if GCSE Economics has been studied a Grade B or better. If Economics has not been studied previously academic suitability will be based on candidate’s overall qualifications and profile.
How will I be assessed?
At the end of the second year there are 3 written papers to complete. Each paper is 2 hours long and counts for 33% of the marks for that year. There is a mix of short answer questions and a choice of questions where you can give a longer more detailed answer.
Where can it lead?
Economics is a versatile subject that can help you in a number of careers. Not only could you find yourself working for big corporations, banks or the government but your qualification in economics could also be valuable in a career like marketing, law, journalism or teaching.
Students who take Economics also often study Law, Mathematics, Geography, History, Politics, Philosophy and Languages.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.