Economics A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School
The broad aims of this course are:
(a) To give students an strong grounding in micro and macro-economics, drawing on local, national, and global contexts
(b) To encourage pupils to ‘think like an economist’ by developing analytical, questioning and quantitative skills.
(c) To enable students to critically approach the economic policies, theories and concepts that are used by governments to shape our lives
The course is an excellent foundation for those who wish to take the subject at university and can also be seen as a useful course for those who are simply interested in achieving a greater understanding of the news and the world around them.
The main subject areas covered by the course are:
1. The nature and importance of markets
2. Market failure and government policy
3. The nature of the macro economy
4. Policy approaches to issues such as growth, unemployment, and inflation.
5. The impact of globalisation
We are looking for hardworking pupils with a mature outlook who can cope with the responsibility of a course of this nature. It is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE to take this course however, if you have studied at this level then there is a minimum expectation of a ‘C’ grade.
There is also a minimum requirement of a B in both Mathematics (there is a considerable mathematical component to the course) and English at GCSE level.
The structure of the course: It is a linear course; there are two years of study with no OCR examinations at the end of Y12. There is 100% external assessment involving three papers that will be taken at the end of Y13 each of which comprise 33.3% of the marks available.
This assessment covers the working of markets, macroeconomics, and a synoptic ‘Themes in economics’ paper where theories are applied to real world situations. The assessments involves multiple choice responses, short answer responses, and also the ability to write essays. There is a strong numerical element to the course.
Economics is a popular Higher Education subject, and is included as part of many other courses. In addition a knowledge of economics is useful for those contemplating a career in industry, banking or accountancy. The number of students taking this course has grown over the last few years and the A Level results have been very good.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury Grammar School directly.