Economics is a Social Science that studies human behaviour in the commercial world. Economics, in essence, attempts to make sense of the world we live in. Topics that you study include; Economics resources, Price determination, costs, revenues, profits, Monopoly Power, Poverty & Wealth, Unemployment, Inflation, The European Union, International Trade, Government Economic Policy, Behavioural Economics and Financial Markets. Money is at the root of most things in our life, at the end of the course, you’ll know why…..and hopefully make some of it along the way.
This is a two year A Level course which consists of 3 Units.
This course is assessed external examinations (100%) – There will be two one and a half hour exams at the end of Year 12, the results of which constitute your AS grade. You can choose to end the course at this stage and claim your AS grade. If you chose to continue with your studies, you forfeit your AS grade and there are a further three exams, each lasting two hours, where you are tested on the entire two years. The marks from these last three exams determine your final A Level Grade.
GCSE Maths grade B, GCSE English Grade B
Despite its image of being a narrow subject, you can use Economics to enter a variety of careers as it is highly regarded by universities, enabling you to enter professions such as Law (Solicitor/Lawyer), Politics, Banking, Business Management, Economics consulting (advisor), Business Strategists, Investment banker, Currency Trader, Commodities Trader and Teaching
Each week you will be timetabled for four periods of 60 minutes each. During these lessons you will be taught Economic theory, apply that theory to real-world events and make presentations on various research topics. There is an extensive use of ICT and other forms of Media and. Your hours of stud increase to five hours per week in Year 13.
Economics students tend to take part in national competitions and many opt to attend overnight trips to London and beyond.
Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.
GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.
Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.
Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!
The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (www.saatchionline.com/shtc)