Economics A Level at The Henrietta Barnett School
Economic issues provoke widespread discussion; for example, of unemployment, inflation, the environment, house prices, traffic congestion, globalisation, multinational companies and the NHS. A Level Economics provides a basis for understanding these issues. Through the use of some basic theoretical models, and the development of your ability to think logically and critically, you will be able to understand and analyse day-to-day economic policy concerns more fully and evaluate proposed solutions.
Economics can be taken in combination with any other subjects
Lessons are a mix of explanation, discussion, data analysis, and individual and group exercises. Homework consists of reading and research, data analysis, and writing structured essays. Although no prior knowledge of economic affairs is assumed, you will benefit throughout the course from reading appropriate newspaper articles, watching relevant television programmes and tapping into websites such as Tutor2U.net. All students are encouraged to attend the school Economics Society which meets regularly, is led by a committed group of Year 13 students and includes some meetings led by guest speakers. Many girls arrange work shadowing in areas which are related to Economics, for example, in banking, economic journalism and policy institutes. Visits to sixth form conferences are both instructive and enjoyable and the girls are encouraged to attend external lectures at, for example, the LSE and ERC Students develop communication, analytical and numerical skills, all of which are important for higher education and careers in, for example, journalism, finance, business and management.
For all applicants, both internal and external, the minimum requirement is: (a) At least six grades 7 or above at GCSE (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) (b) At least a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics, if these subjects are not being taken in the Sixth Form. (c) At least grade 7 (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A Level. For Further Mathematics an 8 or 9 (A* in the unreformed GCSE). sFor subjects not previously studied at GCSE, a grade 7 or above (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) in an equivalent subject will be required (please see the Sixth Form Information Booklet).
Final assessment is by examination; there is no coursework. Assessment is via data analysis and comprehension, multiple-choice and structured essays.
Many students find this mix of examination techniques stimulating and it provides opportunities to demonstrate a variety of skills.
Suggested career paths:
Management, the City, business consultancy, accountancy, business and economics journalism.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Henrietta Barnett School directly.