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Economics

Head of Department: Mr C R Ross

Teachers: Mr D Crothers, Mr S Cowley and Mr S Mason

The Business Studies and Economics department is one of the largest at A Level, while also being one of the most popular for Key Stage 4 students choosing their options for Year 10. The department is dedicated not only to academic excellence, but to equip all students with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience for further study and ultimately for the world of work.

Co-curricular Activities

Young Enterprise, Bank of England Target 2.0 competition and planned trips to national-scale businesses.

 

If you owe your bank a hundred pounds, you have a problem. But if you owe a million, it has. (John Maynard Keynes)

A Level: Years 12 and 13

Entry requirements: GCSE grade B in Business Studies or 6 in another humanities subject, and a grade 6 in Maths

Economics gives students the chance to understand the systems of the world around them, and to understand how decisions are made on an individual, firm and government level.

Year 12 Curriculum Outline

  • Microeconomics – the market and market failure
  • Macroeconomics – the national economy

Year 13 Curriculum Outline

  • Microeconomics – The labour market, individual decision making and the theory of the firm
  • Macroeconomics – The international economy and trade

 

Examinations

A-Level

Paper 1:

Markets and Market Failure

33.3%

Paper 2:

National and International Economy

33.3%

Paper 3:

Economic Principles and Issues

33.3%

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/economics/as-and-a-level/economics-7135-7136/specification-at-a-glance

Careers Education

  • Through the subjects’ very nature, students will develop an understanding of the world of work. Students study the application process for jobs, the importance of the interview and workforce planning. They understand the changing dynamics of the labour market and how they can best plan for their future careers from this.
  • Strong links with AXA-PPP, who have hosted enterprise days with the help of Year 12 students
  • University and personal statement support
  • Enterprise education delivered by the department through drop-down days and Young Enterprise