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Economics A Level at The Judd School

Course description

Why choose this subject?

Students studying Economics typically find it offers new challenges and different ways of thinking, as popularised by best-selling books such as Freakonomics! Students should feel comfortable working with data, although there is a minimal mathematical content at A-level. 

Why study it at The Judd School?

Students at Judd are stretched to achieve the best that they can.  The department has an excellent record of Oxbridge entry over the last four years with eight students gaining places to read PPE, Economics and Management, and pure Economics last year alone. The department has very strong links with the Adam Smith Institute, and the Institute of Economic Affairs.  Students are encouraged to engage with the learning programmes of these institutions, and attend their open lectures. Students run their own Economics Society which is very well attended. The department enters students in a number of competitions each year such as Investor Challenge, which is very popular. 

Course content

Course details: Board and specification:  AQA 7136

What you will be learning (course outline):

The course blends economic theory with applied economics. Economic theory involves modelling the economy and studying the behaviour of individual economic agents such as consumers and producers.

At a microeconomic level, students study how markets work; evaluating areas such as commodity markets, transport, healthcare and education. This leads on to analysis of issues such as rationing; balance of private and public provision of services; and how services can be most efficiently delivered. We are able to incorporate concepts such as rational behaviour and ideas relating to scarcity and choice relating to a political context. We examine closely the arguments for government intervention in markets and also address the concept of government failure.

In macroeconomics students are introduced to the working of the economy where the links between different elements such as unemployment, inflation, economic growth and external balance are studied.

Entry requirements

7 (or equivalent) in Mathematics and 7 (or equivalent) in an English GCSE.

Assessment

How it will be assessed:

The course is externally assessed at the end of two years of study.  Students must complete three written exams.  These are:

Unit 1: Markets & Market Failure

Two hours (33.3% of A Level)

Data response – one from two (40) and Essay – one from three (40 marks)

Unit 2: National & International Economy

Two hours (33.3% of A Level)

Data response – one from two (40marks) and essay – one from three (40 marks)

Unit 3: Economic principles and issues

Two hours (33.3% of A Level)

MC questions (30 marks)

Extended writing on unseen case study (50 marks)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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