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Economics A Level at Rugby High School

Course description

Economics is a social science and is essentially all about scarcity and choice. The study of Economics can help to provide answers as to how consumers, producers and governments make difficult choices over how much to consume and how to allocate resources fairly and efficiently to gain maximum benefit for all. As well as finding out how consumers and firms make choices, you will also learn more about the economic factors affecting national and global decisions such as BREXIT. There is rarely a right or wrong answer in Economics, it is up to you to argue your point of view. It is, therefore, a subject which develops analysis and critical thinking skills and the ability to coherently use theory to evaluate competing arguments.

Economics requires a range of skills and it suits students who are “all-rounders.” Students will need to be competent and confident with quantitative skills (Maths) but also have the ability to write well and structure an essay.

Economics is a highly regarded academic subject and is relevant to a wide range of careers and further studies such as law, finance, management and even medicine. It works well in combination with any other subject and will appeal to any student who is interested in current affairs and the world around them.

Course content

The course encourages you to develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues.

The subject matter of the modules is of particular relevance in today’s dynamic global economy. You will develop a critical approach to various economic models and methods of enquiry, applying them to a range of present day economic problems.
The ethical and social dimensions of Economics will be included – such as the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy, the relationship between rich and poor countries, the distribution of income and wealth within a particular society and the quality of life between and within economies.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. The four themes are: Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure
Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies
Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market
Theme 4: A global perspective

Assessment consists of 3 papers of 2 hours duration. The papers include multiple choice, calculation questions, short answer and extended answer questions in response to data extracts.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Maths and English Language

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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