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Economics AS Level at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

What is economics? This frequently asked question is officially answered as, “A study of how we try to reconcile our infinite wants with the scarce resources available to us.” To take this a stage further, Thomas Sowell once stated: “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” What is ‘AS’ level economics? This course is designed for a few brave souls who wish to try out both the subject of Economics and the ‘AS’ level standard. ‘AS’ level is the post GCSE level that is an intermediate standard between GCSE and full ‘A’ level (now called A2). It will thus be a serious challenge to those who wish to try it. Candidates would normally be expecting to achieve A*/A in their GCSE courses. In the event of the course being over-subscribed, candidates will be selected on their anticipated KS3 levels indicated in their report. It will also be possible for students to complete A2 in economics in our new sixth form. Syllabus The Examination Board is OCR. The course is modular. Module 1 is ‘Markets in Action.’ This looks at markets, businesses and prices (through the operation of supply and demand). It then considers ways in which markets do or do not work well (market failure). It will be sat at the end of Year 10 and is worth 50% of the overall mark. Module 2 is ‘The National and International Economy’. This looks at major economic issues such as unemployment, inflation, economic growth and foreign trade. It looks at how government policy can affect these important areas. It will be sat in June of Year 11 and is worth 50% of the overall mark.

Financial information

Cost There is no charge for the tuition. However, candidates will have to buy a standard C.U.P. text that covers the course as well as three smaller texts. Course tutor Mr Munday was a principal examiner for ‘AS’ Level Economics with OCR.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Economics and Business Studies, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Economics, Business Studies, Accounting, Marketing or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to economics, business, marketing, finance and accounting, human resources and public relations. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that could help you do a trainee management course within a company to gain the skills, understanding and experience that they require so you can progress to working at management level.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme SEN target: Gifted and Talented

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years