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A Level Politics at Burgess Hill Girls

Economics

Economics is more relevant now than ever before. In the last decade, the global economy has been blighted by an historic financial crisis, and national economies have been tested to their limits in response. Austerity in Britain and sovereign debt crises abroad have heightened the tension and, since the 2016 referendum, Britain is also negotiating the most complex arrangement in its history – its removal from the EU, a highly integrated economic and political organisation. In Europe and America, central tenets of free market economics are challenged by populist policy-makers concerned with rising rates of inequality or dwindling living standards. Meanwhile, at the international stage, globalisation has experienced a crisis of confidence, with America electing a President partly committed to dismantling an economic system created by the United States. There is simply no better way to understand the full implications of this situation, as well as the causes for it and the potential solutions to it, than by studying Economics at A level.

Through microeconomics, students are given the opportunity to examine whether consumer behaviour is indeed rational, questioning the central assumption of centuries of economic thinking, and reflect on new considerations from psychology and sociology on the need to consider the non-rational sources of human behaviour. Business activity is analysed closely, giving students the chance to consider contemporary events from an informed position, for

example, by asking whether the proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda will benefit consumers, or how the continuing dominance of online behemoths undermines fair competition online.

Economics A level is highly regarded by universities and employers because a good economist can analyse and interpret data, write discursive and evaluative essays and draw on wider knowledge of current issues and debates to inform their critical thinking. Our students quickly begin to think like economists, assessing different sides of an argument and using a wide variety of economic models and methods of enquiry to analyse economic issues. By the end of the A level, students are able to fully appreciate and understand the economic issues which dominate the news, and will be able to consider and discuss economic affairs and theories with confidence. They will also become confident with using statistical information as evidence in building written answers, which will support them in the study of related subjects at university. The Economics department makes use of a wide variety of the most up to date teaching resources to support students. Girls become resilient and confident learners, readily engaging with current affairs and economic sources online to add to their understanding, while teachers support them with bespoke learning materials and carefully tailored feedback.

Economists don’t have all the answers but they have the most interesting questions and at the heart of many of these are the more philosophical challenges, such as the extent to which human happiness can be achieved through material wealth. Economics is everywhere and influences everything we do and everything that happens to us. With A level Economics, students can better understand the operation of national and international economics, and more confidently comprehend how the world around them works.

EDEXCEL A level in Economics, specification A
(Course code: 9ECO)

PAPER 1: WRITTEN EXAM
2 hours
• 35% of A level

PAPER 2: WRITTEN EXAM
2 hours
• 35% of A level

PAPER 3: WRITTEN EXAM
2 hours
Synoptic
• 30% of A level

 

pOLITICS

Politics involves studying how we order our society, how we distribute power amongst ourselves, and how we administer order and allow for social change. Politics is not remote from everyday life; it is relevant to almost every aspect of the world around us. It is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to understand how the world works, and how they can change it.

For any student at a loss about Britain’s changing relationship with the EU and the globe, or confused about the instability in Parliament, or enthralled in the melodrama of the Trump administration, or seeking a greater understanding of the value of liberty and social justice, Politics is an excellent choice. Politics students learn about the processes and institutions at the heart of government and how democratic systems operate. We study electoral systems, political parties, pressure groups and the influence of the media. We look in details at the relationship between Parliament, the Prime Minister, and the legal system, and study where power effectively lies in the UK.

We also examine the ideologies that define modern political thinking. Through liberalism we study the development of the concept of liberty and how political systems could uphold it. Through conservatism we learn about the importance of the past when analysing the present. Through socialism we consider the capacity of the state to deliver an equal standard of living for all. Through feminism, we consider the process of female empowerment and how it has been championed and upheld. With each ideology, we study key figures to gain a full appreciation of their words and values,

providing a clear and coherent account of the history of Western political thought.

The course also studies US politics up close. We evaluate the true effectiveness of American democracy, and look in detail at the relationship between the President and the other branches of government.

Politics is about discussion and debate, and being able to develop and defend a point of view. Students will read about, analyse and evaluate different arguments. Successful Politics students learn to put forward their own opinion and defend it with evidence and examples. The joy of Politics A level is that it is not a static subject; some ideas and concepts will remain largely the same but the way in which they are applied to the real world is ever-changing. The course helps students understand and critique different views and keeps them informed on current events, and provides them with a full and complete contextual understanding of the world in which they live.

SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT

COMPONENT 1: UK POLITICS

How Democracy operates in Britain.
Core potential ideas: Liberalism, Conservatis and Socialism

COMPONENT 2: UK GOVERNMENT

How Britain’s Institutions of Government function
Political Ideas: Feminism and the Feminist Movement

COMPONENT 3: GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF THE USA

How the US Political System developed and where power lies within it.
Comparitive Politics: A comparision of US and UK Political systems.

EDEXCEL A level Politics
(Course code: 9PL0)

COMPONENT 1:
2 hour exam
• 33% of A level

COMPONENT 2:
2 hour exam
• 33% of A level

COMPONENT 3:
2 hour exam
• 33% of A level

 

A level Economics and Burgess Hill Girls

 

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