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Year 12 Economics

Guidance for parents

What will students be studying in Economics this year?

In Year 12, students taking the AS qualification will study Theme 1 and Theme 2 in the Edexcel course, covering markets and market failure, as well as the performance of the UK economy

What are the major assessments this year?

Students taking the AS qualification will sit a mock exam then a formal exam in the summer. Those taking the A2 qualification will sit a mock exam this year then the formal examinations in year 13.

What will the current performance grade be based on, and what do the levels mean?

Until their mock examination the current performance students will be based on the assessments and homework that they complete. Their mock examination result gives us a much better predictor of how they might do in the formal exam, and will be used as evidence of their current performance on their written report.  

What should my child do if they feel they are struggling in the subject?

They should speak to their Economics teacher who can arrange support sessions and provide further reading.

How can I support my child in Year 12?

Talking to them about news stories concerning the domestic economy will be extremely useful, particularly with regard to the performance of the economy in key areas like growth and inflation, as well as policies the government is using to manage this performance. Attention could also be paid to the clarity of the points they make during these discussions – a lack of clarity verbally will be generally be reflected in the points they write in assessments, particularly under time constraints, one of the key criticisms that is consistently made by examiners on the overall quality of the responses they receive.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

The best performing students are those who regularly review their class notes and chapters from their textbook, consolidating their theoretical knowledge, broadening their scope for analysis and evaluation.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the head of Economics, Mr McLoughlin, on smcloughlin@newsteadwood.bromley.sch.uk