Mr. Shane Hughes (Head of Department)
Economics is available at both AS and A-Level. As the subject is not studied at
GCSE no prior knowledge is required but students are expected to have a least a
Grade B in GCSE Mathematics and a Grade B in GCSE English Language. An interest
in current economic affairs would also be of benefit.
The examination board used is CCEA. The subject consists of 4 modules and
students will study how the market works; problems with a market economy; the UK economy; how
firms compete with each other; environmental economics and development
economics and the economics of trade.
Students will learn valuable skills of data
handling and analysis. Use will be made of ICT facilities in the course.
Material used in the course will be relevant to current economic problems with
issues such as the housing market, pollution and congestion, the Credit Crunch,
the euro and globalisation discussed.
Completion of the A2 will leave students well
equipped for careers in the world of accountancy, business, finance and the
media. In addition they will be well prepared to understand the world as
citizens and consumers.
There is a range of extra curricular activities available to the students. For
the past number of years students have entered and achieved success in the Pro
Share National Investment Programme. Students participate in the IOD Executive