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Economics

Exam Board: OCR

Course: GCSE Economics

Teacher of Economics:  Mrs J Wilson

 

INTRODUCTION

A GCSE in Economics introduces students to basic economic concepts and helps them develop the appropriate range of analytical, critical and reasoning skills to enable them to think as economists.  They learn how producers, consumers and governments interact in markets nationally and internationally.

For example;

  • What is the future for cinemas in a world dominated by Netflix and Amazon?
  • How can we nudge social behaviour to tackle climate change?
  • How soon will electric cars become the norm? Will they stimulate economic growth?
  • What can and should be done about the gender pay gap?
  • How can we make housing more affordable?
  • What is the value of a university degree? How should we fund further and higher education?

Economics is a highly regarded academic qualification by employers and universities. It is a dynamic subject that will help students to understand many challenges of a modern society and gives an insight into human behaviour.

PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Each subject programme of study will:

  • Provide a clear and coherent learning journey
  • Foster subject-based understanding of new knowledge, concepts and methods
  • Ensure students acquire knowledge and give opportunities for recall and application of this knowledge so that fluency is developed
  • Require students to think and reason for themselves
  • Explanations and resources enable students to engage with and master learning
  • Learning should develop a depth of understanding that brings richness to the subject but also a breadth of understanding that enriches wider life and learning
  • Develop a readiness for the next stage: be this the next lesson, the next unit of work, the next year or key stage; it prepares students for both academic, A Level, and future degree study, or vocational learning
  • Contain appropriate, regular and robust assessment methods for measuring student progress and to allow intervention where progress is not as expected.

In order to see an overview of the sequence and progression of learning please see their Programme of Study:

PDF icon  Economics Programme of Study

 

YEAR 10 AND 11 ONLY

What can you do next with this subject?

GCSE Economics is excellent preparation for A Level study. Many students will continue to study Economics at A Level. It aligns well with a range of subjects at A Level including, Mathematics, Sciences, and also Humanities based options like History and Geography.

Careers options are incredibly broad but include; Law, Financial management, banking, business consultancy and accountancy.