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Economics AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

The specification is designed to cover both microeconomics and macroeconomics, with the aim of giving students a holistic and strong understanding of how an economy operates. In addition, it strongly encourages students to apply their classroom learning to the real world; this allows students to develop key transferable skills such as the ability to analyse and evaluated core economic models. Students will eventually gain the ability to demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies.

This highly valued qualification provides suitable preparation for higher education courses in Economics, Finance and Politics.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C with at least a Grade C in English and Maths

There is no requirement to have had studied Economics at GCSE.

Assessment

This course is taught in Year 12. The A- level qualification is a standalone qualification so the AS grade achieved does not contribute towards the final Alevel grade. However the topics covered in AS provide the strong foundation for further development in the A2 course.

AS units in Year 12

  • Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure.
    Contributes to 50% of final AS grade
    Exam is split into two sections: 
    Section A: MCQs
    Secion B: Essays based on extract given
    Written paper : 1hr 30 min
  • Theme 2 The UK economy – performance and policies
    Contributes to 50% of final AS grade
    Exam is split into two sections:
    Section A: MCQs
    Secion B: Essays based on extract given
    Written paper : 1hr 30 min

All of the examinations for this course take placein May/June.

Future opportunities

Economics graduates are well equipped, having analytical, numeracy and problemsolving skills.All of these skills are very transferable allowing economics graduates to branch into anything from investment banking and financial services, business and public-sector management and research, to working with the media.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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