Economics is taught in RSD as part of the Shared Education Programme and we value the contribution made by a number of pupils from St. Patrick’s Academy in our Y13 & Y14 classes.
Economics pupils are encouraged to read around the subject and a wide range of reading material is provided for pupil use within the department, ranging from magazines such as Economics Today and Economics Review (written specifically for A Level pupils), to books and publications by Tim Harford, Ha-Joon Chang and Linda Yueh.
New links to articles and blogs are constantly being added to the Economics VLE, Fronter, to reflect the dynamic nature of the subject and emphasise to the pupils the importance of keeping up-to-date with the current issues impacting the economy. Throughout the year we invite a number of guest speakers into the Department, including past pupils, to assist with decisions regarding university choices or potential career paths.
We also bring in university lecturers to speak on current issues and recently we hosted an event during which pupils were encouraged to consider the implications of Brexit for young people delivered by staff from the European Commission in London.
The study of this A level will open up the thought-provoking world of economics and help to develop a variety of thinking and communication skills including investigating, analysing, evaluating, reasoning, drawing conclusions and making judgements. Economics requires the ability to interpret data in both written and diagrammatical forms and a good head for numbers is useful.
The content of the AS units in the CCEA Specification provides students with a good understanding of how market forces of supply and demand work at both a micro and macro level, and an understanding of why and how the government intervenes.
At A2 level, students will develop their understanding of economic concepts by studying the implications of price and output decisions in a variety of market structures, and the importance of trade and globalisation. They will have the opportunity to investigate the factors affecting the growth of developing economies and the nature and effectiveness of government policies in a global economy.
Assessment is through two written examinations at AS (40% of A level) and a further two written examinations at A2 (60% of A level). Each examination includes short answer questions; one data response (AS) or case study question (A2) and one essay question from a choice of two.