Subjects
at Cockermouth School

Economics

Economics is available as an A Level option subject. The course is based on the twin concepts of Microeconomics, studying individuals, firms and behaviour; and also of Macroeconomics, studying Governments, Europe and trade. As a subject, Economics encourages students to be enquiring and investigative whilst developing core skills of evaluation and critical analysis.

Economics is a popular A Level course option, we are based in the new building and have two dedicated ICT-equipped classrooms. Students are taught by a highly qualified and experienced staff team.

Our successful uptake is probably driven by the appreciation by students of the power and influence of Economics. All our jobs, wealth, purchases and many other decisions are caused, driven and affected by Economics. The subject explains our education, tax and Government systems, and helps students to understand the choices that consumers and politicians make.

A successful student is one who can use clear and structured analytical techniques to understand and explain our complex world, and then backs this up by their own wider reading

Economics is a dynamic, real world subject that can’t ever get boring as the world and it’s economies are ever-changing.

All our courses are well resourced and work well with other subject options, especially Maths, English and Business.

Key Stage 5

The ‘new’ A Level course follows a similar structure to the ‘legacy’ one in that Year 12 students begin by studying Microeconomics including decision making, Supply and Demand and other practical aspects. The second part of the year covers Macroeconomics which brings in the bigger picture of Government and ‘big’ business. We look at Consumption, Investment, Policy and Taxation.

In Year 13, we focus on economic models and technical interpretations of Microeconomics followed by the broader Macroeconomics of European and global economies including single markets, international trade, the Euro and international co-operation.

Assessment is through two short exams at the end of Year 12, and three longer ones at the end of Year 13.

Outside the Classroom

As a department we offer a range of opportunities including Young Enterprise, Student Investor and other competitions and learning is further supported through attendance at revision workshops. Within school, we produce a weekly department newsletter to stimulate wider reading and to help students manage their workload. We also have a very wide range of additional resources to help students develop their appreciation and understanding of what is, for almost everyone, a brand new subject.