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Economics A-Level at Egglescliffe School

Course description

AQA Economics. AS level is assessed by two papers lasting 1 hour 30 minutes each. Both comprise of an objective question paper worth 20 marks and a data response question worth 50 marks taken from a choice of two. Each paper is worth 50% of this AS level. A level is assessed by three papers lasting 2 hours each. Each paper is worth 33.3% of the marks. Two of the three papers are assessed by a data response question from a choice of two and one essay from a choice of three questions. The final paper consists of 30 multiple choice question and a case study worth 50 marks.

Course content

The four units or modules cover a wide range of topics. We will examine why the fundamental economic problem of choice is central to all our lives. In addition, the Y12 course involves a study of how the national economy works and investigates topics such as unemployment and inflation. How does the Government keep such problems in check? The AS introduces a detailed investigation into more applied areas of study such as housing, the environment and leisure which should prove exciting and stimulating.

The A level has a synoptic element and reviews important markets such as the labour market – why does Gareth Bale get paid so much? Y12 topics such as running the economy will be developed further which is clearly of interest in an era of credit crunches and quantitative easing.

Finally there is an opportunity to examine European issues which are never far away from the current political and news agendas. In the past we have found that students who are interested in current affairs tend to do well. Those students with an interest in Maths also cope with the logic and graphical analysis the course demands. There are also specific questions on quantitative methods.

Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific

An interest in current affairs, both economic and political would be very useful. In addition students will require a GCSE (grade C) in both English and Maths.

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Are there any expenses involved?

£15 subscription to the Economist is recommended and £10 for an Economics conference. In February 2014, the Economists visited the Financial District in New York. There are plans to return in February 2016.

Future opportunities

Former students have attended a vast range of British Universities e.g. Durham, Cambridge and York and are now working in fields as diverse as the Trades Union Congress, Parliamentary Secretaries, Marketing and the 2012 Olympic Organising Committee, Adidas HQ in Germany and Disney on Ice.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

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