Opportunities in the Sixth Form 2006-2008
Examination Board: AQA
What do I need to be able to do to follow
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.
will I learn on the Advanced GCSE course?
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.
is the course structured and what are the
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
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.
can I do outside the classroom to extend
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.
could I go on to do at the end of my course?
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.
It is not possible to study both Business
Studies and Economics concurrently at Nonsuch.
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.