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Alevel Economics at King Edward VI Aston School

Course description

Everyone, no matter how wealthy, has to economise on certain things at certain times.  No individual, no firm, no government, no nation has as much of everything as he, she or it wants.  Thus, we all face, to varying degrees, the problem of scarcity.  We all have to choose between alternative items so as to gain maximum benefit from the limited resources available to us.

HERE ARE SOME ECONOMIC CHOICES:

If you leave school at 16, you may be able to find work and be financially better off immediately.  If you choose to enter the sixth form, however, you will be less affluent now, but could lay the foundations for a more rewarding and fulfilling career and life in the long run.

Similarly, firms have to decide what goods to produce - where, how, in what quantity and at what price.

A government may be forced to choose between a new motorway and a new hospital, though the need can be seen for both. But could it afford both? Should the UK government make more budget cuts or should it look to increase spending to try to get us out of the current economic slump?

Thus, Economics is a relevant, topical subject.  We make economic decisions and are influenced by economic forces every day of our lives.

Course content

The course at Aston follows the AQA (1141/2141) specifications and seeks to promote economic awareness through students gaining an understanding of the tools and methods of economic analysis and the problems to which they are applied.

 

Assessment

The course at Aston follows the AQA (1141/2141) specifications and seeks to promote economic awareness through students gaining an understanding of the tools and methods of economic analysis and the problems to which they are applied.

 

Future opportunities

Professional economists are employed in industry and commerce, the media, central and local government, education etc.  Economics also forms an integral part of many other courses and careers, such as accountancy, banking, catering, engineering and management.

Further information

The study of Economics demands and develops a wide range of skills.  Students must undertake extensive research from a range of sources, and be able to express and organise economic ideas clearly and logically in both oral and written forms.  Considerable use is made of real world data - literary, numerical and diagrammatic.

It is a theoretical subject, but both the course and the examination endeavour to relate and apply the theories to the issues of today.  Hence, whilst we may construct a model to explain the causes of inflation, we will then apply that theory to see how well it appears to explain rising prices in Britain and to determine the implications for British government policy and for individuals and firms.

As a social science, Economics can be combined with practically any other A level subject.  Similarly, an Economics qualification leaves one with a number of options with regard to employment or further study. 

Alternatively and perhaps primarily, it can be studied by those who are interested in becoming acquainted with a different way of looking at the world about us.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Aston School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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