What will I learn?
Economics is taught at Poole Grammar School solely in the sixth form with a two year A Level programme being offered. We use the AQA exam board with the students sitting three exams at the end of year 13 which includes a mixture of multiple choice questions, short answer questions that may require the manipulation of data and longer essay questions. Over the two week timetable the students have 9 hours of lessons.
Students will gain an understanding of the two main areas of economics namely micro and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is the study of individual markets and the reasons for changes in demand, supply and prices. Macroeconomics is the study of the economy as a whole and explores the area of government intervention and objectives as well as global development.
What will I do?
Economics is a live subject in that there are things happening in the economy every day that we can then bring into the classroom. This allows us to apply a lot of the theory that is learnt to real life case studies using examples from all over the world including the UK. Students will also get an opportunity to take part in different activities including computer based research projects, group presentations and practical classroom simulations of key economic theories.
How much homework will I get?
Homework tasks are set to consolidate learning in the classroom and to provide students with opportunities to reinforce their knowledge of the subject. There will also be preparation work set in order for the students to read ahead on the topic areas so that in class we are able to complete consolidation tasks as well.
Each A Level subject is expected to get 5 hours of study per 2 week timetable.
How will I be assessed?
Throughout the year students will have regular assessments in order to gauge their level of understanding. This will be through a number of different formats including online multiple-choice tests, in class assessments and group work where permitted.
At the end of the qualification, students will sit three exams each assessing different sections of the course.
Paper 1 is the microeconomic paper and consists of a data response section that includes short answer as well as essay question and a longer essay question.
Paper 2 is the macroeconomic paper and is the same format as paper 1.
Paper 3 is the synoptic paper where students are tested on their knowledge of the entire course. This is done using multiple-choice questions and then a longer data response question that requires the students to complete a report.
What guidance and support is available?
If students are struggling then they should speak to their subject teacher in the first instance as they may well be able to point them in the direction of suitable resources. The economics page on Moodle has plenty of resources to help students. More structured support will be offered to those students who the department feel would benefit from this type of intervention.
What extra-curricular opportunities are available?
In the past students, studying Economics at Poole Grammar School have taken part in online stocks and shares investor challenges working in teams to increase the value of their portfolios. This has proven to be very popular and last year a team made it through to the semi-finals of the Student Investor Challenge run by the Institute for Banking and Finance.
Throughout the year there are a number of Economics essay competitions that students are encouraged to enter. As well as these the department has organised and attended trips to London as well as listening to guest speakers from the Bank of England among others.