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Christ the King Sixth Form College

Economics

A Level

"Economics is an amazing subject that covers a wide range of theories and relates to all aspects of life. I enjoy the mechanics of the subject and the relevance it has to real-life situations."

What will I study?

By acquiring a thorough knowledge of basic concepts and principles, this course enables students to both think and act like Economists. The course will explain how market economies work and will expose the strengths and weaknesses of such systems using real world examples. Government intervention is then examined, explaining the objectives that governments work towards whilst also explaining the respective policy options available to them. Current economic issues such as the housing crisis and fiscal policy are critically examined from the viewpoint of various stakeholders.

As the course progresses we will examine different market structures and analyse their consequences for both firms and consumers. In addition, students will learn about the world economy, deepen their understanding of globalisation and examine the problems that hinder the rapid growth of developing economies.

As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to undertake a number of educational visits, including the Bank of England, and participate in a number of external competitions. The department also have links with a number of universities. Furthermore, students will be expected to keep up to date with economic developments by regularly watching the news.

What do I need to study this course?

GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English (Grade 9-5). No previous study of Economics is required.

How will I be assessed?

We are currently following the OCR specification. Assessment is by external examination with students undertaking three papers. Unit 1 (Microeconomics), Unit 2 (Macroeconomics) and Unit 3 (Themes in Economics). Each paper will account for one third of the final A Level mark. This is a linear course with examinations at the end of two years.

Where will A Level Economics lead me?

Many Economics students progress to Higher Education. Subsequent career options include Accountancy, Banking, Stockbroking and Insurance, Management, Law and the Public Sector.