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 Shadowing Scheme