If you want to know what society does about high prices, globally powerful firms, a limited choice of goods, underdeveloped countries and poverty, this is the course for you. You will examine questions such as “Why do film stars get paid more than nurses?” and “Why should the government pay young people to study?” You will engage in lots of debate and discussion in class and may find the world around you makes more sense after studying economics. Students enjoy the real world application of the subject and many end up going on to study economics at university.

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A Level

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What will I study?

We study Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and a combined unit called Themes in Economics. Topics include supply and demand, taxation, subsidies, regulation of markets, monopolies, oligopolies, trade unions, minimum wages, globalisation, unemployment, trade disputes, the financial crisis, banking and finance and government policies.

How will I learn?

Students are taught by experienced OCR examiners to prepare for the 3 examinations at the end of year 2. These are Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Themes in Economics which is a case study paper combining knowledge from the first two papers. You will be assessed by multiple choice, data response and essay based questions.

Lessons include a mixture of group tasks, peer essay writing, problem solving exercises, data response, current affairs, multiple choice mobile phones quizzes, powerpoints, worksheets and debates/discussions.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by three examinations at the end of the second year for the full A-level. Each is worth a third of your total mark.

Are there any trips on this course?

Current year students are visiting the Bank of England. In the second year of the course we often attend attend the Festival of Economics in Bristol.

Are there any extra costs?

Resource books cost about £5 in each year. Textbooks are provided via the library.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Grade 5 in Maths.

What enrichment activities are offered?

The Bank of England came and spoke toa l Y1 and Y2 economists in May 2018.

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Is Economics the same as Business Studies?

No. They are vastly different. Economics is a cross between a social and natural science. Economics looks at markets and countries whereas business looks at products and services.

If I want to study Economics at university level, will I need to do A-level Mathematics?

Yes and so many of the top Universities now ask for A-level Mathematics, however not all do. It often depends on whether you study a BSc or BA in Economics.

What enrichment opportunities are there that relate to Economics?

All students can participate in the IFS Student Investor Challenge.  As well as this we have “Young Enterprise” and Debating Society which are of interest to many of our budding economists..