AT HAYBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
A WELL-RESPECTED A-LEVEL, WHICH USES A THEORETICAL GROUNDING TO HELP EXPLAIN THE BASIC PROBLEMS FACED BY INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY.
Economics is a social science that analyses the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. A well-respected A-level, Economics uses a theoretical grounding to help explain the basic problems faced by individuals and society.
WHAT YOU STUDY
Economics has two main focuses:
Microeconomics looks at the basic economic problems of scarcity, choice and unlimited wants. It involves the study of markets and their outcomes to analyse the impact they have on our lives. You will also study why markets fail to work and what the government can do about it. Key questions include: why do we make the choices we do? What can be done about pollution? Why do people smoke, even though they know it is bad for them? Should the NHS be privatised? Should the government try and stop binge drinking?
Macroeconomics looks at the UK and global economy as a whole. This includes the basics you see on the news; inflation, unemployment, government borrowing and economic growth, the exchange rate and interest rates. You will study what these mean, and how they are measured, as well as why they matter. You will also look at the role governments have in controlling the economy. Key questions include: is the government spending too much? What could be done about the recent recession? Can the UK compete with China? Does the value of the pound matter?
HOW YOU STUDY
Study will be mainly classroom based, via taught lessons, computer based research, self study tasks as well as discussions and debates.
DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES
Dedicated specialist teacher with previous experience of teaching at one of the top schools in the UK for Economic results. Well-equipped teaching room and a designated Sixth Form computer room.
PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY
Students typically go on to study Economics, Management, Law, Accountancy or other Economics related courses. Economics also lends well to being studies as part of a joint honours course and many students do choose to study PPE for example.
Economics will teach problem solving, investigation, world awareness, planning and communication of ideas. All were identified in the top ten qualities employers look for in research from the University of Kent.
Over half of students continue to study Economics at university and most continue on with straight Economics or Business Economics. We expect all students studying Economics at A2 level to achieve C or above with over two thirds to manage A*-B.
COMBINES WELL WITH
Economics is a logic-based subject so combines well with other logic-based disciplines, such as Mathematics or the Sciences. Equally, as it is a social science and has a considerable written element, students often choose other society-related subjects such as Law, Sociology, Psychology and History.
GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
GCSE Mathematics and English grade A*-B