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AS/A2 Economics at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

In Economics you’ll look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty.

Economists are often in healthy debate with each other over these issues.

It is this controversy which makes Economics lively and interesting and which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgements and form your own opinions to answer questions such as:

• Why can’t the Government just raise taxes to pay for more doctors and nurses?

• Why does my train ticket cost twice as much if I travel before 9am?

• What might be the consequences of manufactured products being made in China?

• Is it right that a Premiership footballer gets paid more than a teacher?

• Why does everyone panic when the price of petrol goes up?

During your Economics studies you will focus on both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

Microeconomics addresses issues such as

: “Why are house prices so high?”,

“Can pollution effectively be controlled?”

and “Should governments interfere with markets?”

The macroeconomic issues covered include:

“Why does the Government have an inflation rate target and how does it affect us?”

, “What happens to the economy if people decide to spend more?

“and “How are we affected by the Chinese and Indian economies?”

How will I be assessed ?

If you are studying the AS level in Economics you will sit 2 papers at the end of your first year:

• Paper 1 – Operation of markets and market failure – 90 minutes – 50% of the AS level

• Paper 2 – The National economy in a global context – 90 minutes – 50% of the AS level Both papers contain 20 compulsory multiple choice questions and one data response question requiring analysis and evaluation.

If you are studying the full A level in Economics you will sit 3 papers at the end of the 2 years:

• Paper 1 – Markets and Market failure – 2 hour written exam – 33.3% of the A level

• Paper 2 – National and International Economy – 2 hour written exam – 33.3% of the A level

• Paper 3 – Economic principles and issues – 2 hour written exam – 33.3% of the A level

Who should do this course ?

This course will appeal to students who have an interest in economics, politics and the state of the UK and world economy.

How is the course delivered ?

The course is a highly academic course and in addition to a range of class activities, you will be expected to undertake a lot of independent reading around the subject, including keeping up to date with the current state of national and global economies.

What next ?

Economics is a versatile subject that can help you in a number of careers. Not only could you find yourself working for big corporations, banks or the government but your qualification in economics could also be valuable support in a career like marketing, law, journalism or teaching.

You might even become the next Prime Minister with a degree in Economics!r teaching.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take A level Economics should have five GCSE A* – C grades, including a ‘B’ grade in Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years