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.
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.
A good percentage of our students go onto study Economics related degrees at University. An understanding of Economics is useful in Accountancy, Business Management, Government, International Agencies and a wide variety of roles in the Business or Finance Industry.
Economics is a superb facilitating subject for all degrees abd is highly valued by top Universities as well as apprenticeship providers. Economists are logical, intelligent people who know how to think strategically hence they are employed across all industries.
Popular HE course choices include Economics, Econometrics, Business Economics, Economics with Management, International Business, International Development and Banking & Finance
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..
Progression and Career Opportunities
The largest employer of economists is the Civil Service. The Bank of England also provides vacancies through their graduate programme. Economists on average can earn between £25,000 to £80,000 a year.
- Investment Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Investment Banker
- Enviromental Agencies
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