A Level Economics
Head of Department: Mrs J. N. Marvin
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Code: 7136
Entry Requirements: GCSE Mathematics grade 7; GCSE English grade 6
Economics is the study of the science of human behaviour, in relation to the real choices that people make in the world around them. In this course students will learn about the way in which individuals and organisations choose to use their scarce resources, the role of markets for goods and services and how governments intervene to influence behaviour. The course encourages students to consider current political and economic events and to analyse their impact. It enables students to develop a critical approach, through rational and logical argument of both sides of a case.
Students examine models of demand for, and supply of, goods and services, and how prices are set in different markets. They consider government intervention in markets, and the overall performance of the UK economy and government economic policy, in relation to taxation, interest rates and spending. Study will be set in the context of current economic developments and global markets. They may choose to extend their studies by attending a series of talks and lectures both through the department’s BEST society and external invitations. Students will have the opportunity to take part in many external competitions such as the RES Young Economist of the year.
Final assessment takes place at the end of the second year through 3 papers.
Paper 1: Markets and Market Failure/ 2 hours/ 80 marks/ 33.3% of A level
Paper 2: National and International Economy/ 2 hours/ 80 marks/ 33.3% of A level
Both Paper 1 and Paper 2 have 2 Sections:
Section A: Data response – choose one context from a choice of two
Section B: Essay - choose one context from a choice of three
Paper 3: Economic Principles and Aims/ 2 hours/ 80 marks/ 33.3% of A level
Section A: 30 micro and macro MCQ
Section B: Extended writing questions based on an unseen case study.
Who should study the course:
A main requirement is an interest in the world outside school and in current affairs. It is not necessary to study Mathematics at A level, but students should have a very good pass in GCSE mathematics, be confident interpreting a range of data, and also comfortable with writing extended essay answers to questions. By the end of the course students will have developed essay writing skills and powers of logical argument, and recognise how to present findings and conclusions in the form of a structured report. Economics can be successfully combined with any A level subject other than Business. It is an excellent addition to the sciences as it demonstrates different skills and interests, and is also particularly useful if studied alongside Politics, Geography, Languages or Mathematics.