Economics

Qualification: 
A Level
Level: 
3

Exam Board: OCR

Duration: 
2 years

 

Course Content:

  • Microeconomics: this unit looks at the supply and demand of both goods and labour. Have you ever wondered why a price of a Freddo bar keeps increasing? Have you ever wondered why Gareth Bale earns in just seven days what many of his fans will earn in an entire decade?
  • You will also play the role of the government. Should the NHS be privatised? Should the government put a minimum price on alcohol?
  • Macroeconomics: this unit looks macroeconomic issues, such as inflation, unemployment, exports and imports and how these indicators effect the UK
  • Do you want to know how much influence the financial sector has on the UK economy? What is the role of the Bank of England? Is the HS2 a waste of resources? How much does the country owe and who do we owe the money to?

Assessment:

100% Exams

Paper one: Microeconomics

Paper two: Macroeconomics

Paper three: Theme paper 

Studying at Alton College:

You will encounter a variety of teaching techniques in class. There will be a certain amount of formal teaching plus opportunities for you to work individually or in groups. You will also develop your verbal skills by preparing presentations for the rest of the class. Videos and newspaper articles will be used as sources for research and class discussions, with the aim for linking economic theory to current issues.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

You should have at least grade 5 in GCSE English. It is not necessary to have studied Economics at GCSE.

Course costs:

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks:

OCR A Level Economics Book 1, Peter Smith

OCR A Level Economics Book 2, Peter Smith

Books cost £24.99 each 

Economics works well with:

Maths
Geography
Politics
Business