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Economics A Level at Queen Elizabeth High School

Course description

This is a new specification A Level. The course is studied over two years with exams held at the end of the two years. Through studying economics you will gain a greater understanding of the world around you. The scope of the subject covers issues such as:
- How do we explain the current economic crisis in the UK, Europe and the USA?
- Should the more affluent support those on low incomes?
- Why do professional footballers earn such high salaries?
- Why are university students required to pay tuition fees?
- Do rich countries help or hinder the development of poor countries?
- Are green taxes the best way to manage global warming?

Course content

- 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: The global perspective


Requires abstract thinking; interpretation of data; basic maths for interpretation of graphs, statistics and percentage calculations. Assessment is all exam based. Questions for each paper are based on a short case study containing written, graphical and statistical information. Exam questions include short answer questions, paragraph answers and one extended answer (essay).

Future opportunities

Students taking economics at QEHS have gone on to university to study economics degrees or degrees such as business, finance, politics or maths, which contain economic elements or modules. In addition, students have gone on to take degrees in law, international relations and international development. Students thinking of taking economics as a single degree subject should consider taking maths; at many universities it is now a requirement and a few also require AS Level Further Maths. For combined subjects, for example economics and politics or economics and philosophy, maths is not normally a requirement but would still be useful.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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