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.
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.
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.
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.
Resource books cost about £5 in each year. Textbooks are provided via the library.
Grade 5 in Maths.
The Bank of England came and spoke toa l Y1 and Y2 economists in May 2018.
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.
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.
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..