Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 6 ECONOMICS (Edexcel Economics specification) Curriculum Leader: Ms C Nealon Year 12 Theme 1 - Introduction to markets and market failure In this theme students will consider how markets work, looking at how supply and demand interact to allocate resources in local, national and international markets.They will learn how to apply supply and demand analysis to real-world situations and be able to offer explanations of consumer behaviour. Having investigated how markets work, students will look at the nature and causes of market failure before considering the strengths and weaknesses of possible government intervention to remedy market failures. Theme 2:The UK economy - performance and policies Students will be introduced to the aggregate demand/aggregate supply model so that they can use it to analyse changes in real output and the price level affecting problems such as inflation and unemployment .They will: examine the use of different government policies that may be used to improve an economy’s performance. Students will consider the different approaches that may be used by policymakers to address macroeconomic issues and be able to identify the criteria for success. Students will gain knowledge of the UK economy in the last 10 years. Year 13 Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market This theme examines how the number and size of market participants, and the level of contestability, affect the pricing and nature of competition among firms. Students will consider the size and growth of firms through exploring organic growth, mergers and takeovers. Students will look at the rational assumption that firms are profit maximisers and then challenge this by looking at alternative business objectives. Revenues, costs and profits are explored before linking these ideas to different market structures such as monopolies. Theme 4:A global perspective Students will be expected to understand the significance of globalisation, international trade, the balance of payments and exchange rates.They will examine public finance, macroeconomic policies and the role of the financial sector in a global context. Students will consider the factors influencing the growth and development of emerging and developing countries and develop an awareness of trends in the global economy over the last 25 years. Method of Assessment: 3 x 2 hour exam. Please note – if you are studying A Level Economics and not studying A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking Quantitative Reasoning as a 4th option. ENGLISH LANGUAGE Curriculum Leader: Mrs R Stokes Students will be expected to be inquisitive and analytical, responding to texts and data sets in a critical and intelligent way. Students will be expected to have an awareness and interest in language issues presented in the media. Initially the aim is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety. This area of study introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. Following this, students will study varieties of English within the British Isles and around the world.This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity.They will look at how language varies depending on personal, social and geographical factors as well as gender and occupation. Students will be expected to write discursively about language issues in an academic essay and about language issues in a variety of forms, such as an article, to communicate their ideas to a non-specialist audience. Also within the course, students will study how language has changed over time, from 1600 to the modern day, and also explore language acquisition, looking at how we first develop our language. The coursework includes a written piece of either persuasive writing or story-telling and an investigation into an area of language that interests them. Assessment 80% exam, 20% coursework Two written exams, each 2 hours 30 minutes and worth 40%.They will be asked to analyse texts and data sets writing discursive essays and directed tasks on language issues such as children’s acquisition and language diversity. Two pieces of coursework, each worth 10%. One piece of creative writing with an accompanying commentary; one investigation into an aspect of language.