The Economics curriculum helps students to explain the world that they live in and decisions that are made by economic agents by exploring current and historic economic thinking and analysis. Economics students are independent and resilient learners who engage readily in the process of exploring economics ideas and theories of about the production and distribution of scarce resources. Economics itself is a study of why and how decisions are made by individuals, businesses and Governments and we want students to understand how these decisions are made and how they affect them.
At A Level, students will be introduced to economics through building knowledge of core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, and by investigating economic theory through real-world businesses and the environments in which they operate. Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding with applications to more complex concepts and models are developed in the second year of study, with key topics of globalisation, government policy and the causes and effects of the collapse of the global financial system in 2007/08 all investigated thoroughly. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessment and demonstrate an awareness of these and other current economic events and policies.
Whilst gaining an understanding of the key principles they will develop an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist. Importantly they will develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.
Economics lessons will be varied and engaging, utilising many excellent resources available, from past papers, specific subject websites, other digital resources and teacher prepared resources and assessments and outside speakers and educational trips when possible. The lessons themselves, as well as having the primary objective of student learning, will have at the heart of them, the focus that we are looking also to develop well rounded, mature students who have the qualities needed to be successful in whatever career they choose to follow. The high aspirations we have in the department support these aims and are driven both by the teachers and the students themselves, with a key to success being the effective student/teacher relationships within the department.
Studying GCSE and A Level Economics will enable you to understand the key issues that affect everyday life in the UK and therefore take an informed part in public debate.
The course followed at GCSE is that of the OCR Examination Board. The Economics A level is that of the Edexcel Examination Board. Please see documents below.
Mr G Simpson (Head of Economics)