We aim to make the complicated world of economics accessible to students through interactive learning that focuses on various economic theories. We place a strong emphasis on each student preforming their best academically whatever their starting point.
KS5 (A level): we study the AQA Economics specification where students are assessed at the end of the two year course via three separate written examinations that last 2 hours each. The course is split into two sections:
Microeconomics: the study of how consumers, workers, firms and the government (the four agents) interact with each other in the market system. We study how the incentives that drive these four agents results in our economy functioning on a daily basis. We also look at how this ‘market system’ sometimes goes wrong and results in market failure. For example, how some people end up not being able to afford basic needs and wants, how firms don’t take into account the full costs of their actions and how we all take too little exercise!
Macroeconomics: the study of national and international economies. We look at indicators such as unemployment, inflation, economic growth, trade, inequality and sustainability and how the government can influence these by altering interest rates, government spending, taxation and legal policies.
Although the course is based on mathematical principals, the majority of the time students are assessed through extended pieces of writing (essays).
Facilities and resources: All students have access to the following to help them excel on this course:
- Textbooks and revision guides
- Work booklets specifically written for QEGS students that are tailored to the course
- Past paper work books and revision activities to aid with independent study
- Online activities delivered through our Google Classroom virtual learning environment
- Video tutorials of all sections of the course available on Youtube.com
Trips and visits:
In the past we have visited Jaguar-Land Rover, London’s financial district, The Shard, The Bank of England, The London School of Economics, Manchester University and had guest lectures from Financial Advisors and university admission officers.
Each year we take part in the Student Investor Challenge where students invest £100k of virtual money onto the London Stock Exchange. We also have an Economics Club that discusses economics in everyday life and an Economics film club.
Links: Miss Walmsley’s youtube channel