Economics Curriculum

Economics runs for Sixth Form students only (Years 12 and 13).

Click on the links below to jump to a particular Year Group:

 

 

Year 12

A Level Economics (Edexcel – 8EC0)

There are two themes studied in Year 12. Both themes are taught by Mr Leightley and the themes alternate each week during the year. There is no coursework and no external examination in Year 12. Two further themes are studied in Year 13 which build on the themes detailed below. Three external examinations are taken at the end of the second year of study.

Suggested Course reading list:
Edexcel AS/A Level Economics Student Book. Publisher: Pearson. ISBN: 9781447990550

 

Half Term 1 (September – October)
Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure

  • Course introduction and study skills
  • Economics as a social science
  • The basic economic problem
  • Production possibility curves
  • Division of labour and specialisation
  • Positive and normative statements

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: w/c 5 October
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies

  • Course introduction and study skills
  • What is macroeconomics?
  • Measures of economic performance: inflation, economic growth
  • Measures of economic performance: employment, balance of payments
  • Aggregate demand

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: w/c 10 October
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 2 (November – December)
Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure

  • Demand
  • Supply
  • Price determination using market diagrams
  • Elasticity
  • Consumer and producer surplus
  • Indirect taxes and subsidies

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: w/c 30th November
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies

  • Aggregate supply
  • National income & multiplier effect
  • Macroeconomic equilibrium
  • Economic growth: causes, output gaps and impacts of
  • The economic cycle

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: w/c 5 December
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 3 (January – February)
Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure

  • Types of economic system
  • Economic theorists
  • Efficiency
  • Introduction to market failure
  • Merit and De-merit goods
  • Public Goods
  • Information theory

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: N/A
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies

  • Economic growth: limitations of and happiness survey
  • Macroeconomic objectives
  • Demand side policies
  • Supply side policies

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: N/A
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 4 (March – April) 
Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure

  • Market failure continued
  • Government failure
  • Revision and exam technique
  • Preparation for mock exam

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Mock Exam w/c 27 February
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies

  • Macroeconomic objectives and conflicts
  • Revision and exam technique
  • Preparation for mock exam

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Mock Exam w/c 27 February
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 5 (April – May)
Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure

  • Revision & exam technique

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: End of year exam w/c 26 June
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Theme 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies

  • Revision & exam technique

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: End of year exam w/c 26 June
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 13

A2 Economics (Edexcel – 9EC0)

There are two themes studied in Year 13. Both themes are taught by Mr Leightley, and the themes alternate each week during the year. Three external examinations are taken at the end of the academic year.

Suggested Course reading list:

  • Edexcel AS/A Level Economics Student Book (Publisher: Pearson) ISBN 9781447990550
  • Economic Review magazine (available via school subscription)

 

Half Term 1 (September – October)

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market

  • Business Growth
  • Revenue and costs of firms
  • Business objectives
  • Types of profit
  • Economies of scale

Theme 4: A Global Perspective

  • Globalisation
  • Trading blocs
  • Free trade and Trade protectionism
  • Balance of payments
  • Exchange rates

External Assessment: No

Internal Assessment: No

Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 2 (November – December)

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market

  • Market structures: perfect competition and monopolistic competition
  • Market structures: Oligopoly and Monopoly
  • Types of efficiency
  • Contestable markets
  • Monopsony

Theme 4: A Global Perspective

  • Distribution of income
  • Poverty
  • Measures of economic development
  • Constraints on economics development

External Assessment: No

Internal Assessment: w/c 31 October

Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 3 (January – February)

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market

  • Preparation for the mock exam
  • Regulation of markets
  • Labour markets: wage differentials and determination
  • Demand and supply of labour

Theme 4: A Global Perspective

  • Preparation for mock exam
  • Economic development: growth models
  • UK: public expenditure, taxation and public sector finances

External Assessment: No

Internal Assessment: mock exam w/c 16 January

Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 4 (March – April)

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market

  • Labour market failure
  • Review and revision of course
  • Exam technique

Theme 4: A Global Perspective

  • Macroeconomic policies in a global context
  • Review and revision of course
  • Exam technique

External Assessment: No

Internal Assessment: w/c 13 March

Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 5 (April – May)

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market

  • Review and revision of course
  • Exam technique

Theme 4: A Global Perspective

  • Review and revision of course
  • Exam technique

External Assessment: June 2017

Internal Assessment: No

Field Trips/Visits: No

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