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Opportunities in the Sixth Form 2006-2008

Examination Board: AQA

What do I need to be able to do to follow this course?

You need to have obtained at least a grade B in English and Mathematics. Most of all you need a genuine interest in how the economy operates and a willingness to think about everyday economic problems which, frustratingly but fascinatingly, have no easy solutions. As Economics is not offered as an option at GCSE level in Nonsuch no specific prior qualification in the subject is necessary.

What will I learn on the Advanced GCSE course?

You will learn how all the major elements of both the microeconomy and macroeconomy operate and relate to each other. In microeconomics these are; allocation of goods and services by markets, efficiency in consumer and producer behaviour, competition and market failure. In macroeconomics these are; the growth of output and employment, the maintenance of stable monetary and fiscal conditions and finally pursuing stability in international payments and foreign exchange.

How is the course structured and what are the assessment arrangements?

At the end of year 12 students will be examined on three modules. Module 1 is The Operation of Markets. Module 2 covers the major elements of The Operation of the Macroeconomy. Module 3 is a case study of The Housing Market using both micro and macroeconomic theories and concepts.
These modules are assessed mainly by case studies and data response questions at both AS and A-Level. In year 13 Module 4 is a specialist module on Europe. Modules 5 and 6 extend further the themes begun in Modules 1 and 2.

What can I do outside the classroom to extend my learning?

As well as completing all assignments on time and maintaining a high level of attendance, it is important that the good student makes herself familiar with the contemporary economic climate. This can be done through the media and through extended reading around the subject. Every quality newspaper contains daily information about major economic events, which can provide excellent background support to the course.

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

A significant number of our students go on to university, many pursuing degrees in economics-related courses. Examples are; Economics and Business, Economics and Accounts and Economics and Politics. The course at A-Level is good preparation for any field of employment on leaving school.

N.B It is not possible to study both Business Studies and Economics concurrently at Nonsuch.

The department will provide on request a copy of its internal booklet, Economics Advice and Information for Students, which gives more detail about the skills that will be acquired on the course.

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