|It’s the world and everything in it|
Economics is about trying to “square the circle” of unlimited wants and scarce resources.
As a social science, Economics fits neatly between the arts and the sciences and appeals to students from both traditions. There is a strong theoretical component to Economics, but the subject is driven by a need to explain the real world.
Economics splits itself into microeconomics (the study of the individual markets – explaining why oil prices rise or low-cost airlines are so successful) and macroeconomics (the study questions facing the economy as a whole, e.g. Why is unemployment rising?)
The department offers AQA Economics. This is available as a two- or one-year course.
The nature of the course makes it extremely easy for students to come to us after their first year and complete their A level course, and a number of students do this – encouraged by the quality of teaching and subject expertise we have to offer.
The three exams reflect the natural split in the subject material. Unit 1 focuses on microeconomic elements – how markets work and why they fail, along with a study of different types of market structure. We also consider labour markets to explain, for example, why football stars earn more than nurses and, developing this theme, the distribution of income and wealth and the effects of poverty. A new addition to the micro side of the course is an introduction to Behavioural Economics, explaining why people make bad decisions and how they can be ‘nudged’ into better ones.
In Unit 2 the focus is on macroeconomics studying the National Economy, for example how the government can use different policies to tackle inflation, unemployment or economics shocks and the part it plays within the global economy. A recent addition to the macro course has been an assessment of financial markets and the part they play in the wider economy. Unit 3 has a mixture of questions testing students’ knowledge of both micro and macroeconomic concepts, and their ability to bring these concepts together.
We have the experience to help you achieve a top grade on the one year course even if you have previously studied Edexcel or some other board.
Ian Parker, Head of Department
Ian joined Brampton College in 1998, becoming Head of Department a year later. He previously taught as far a-field as Lincolnshire and Lancashire, as well as a ten-year stint at a leading independent school in Hertfordshire. A Coventrian, he is a member and fanatical supporter of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and is a seasoned cricket umpire.
Ian is the microeconomics enthusiast within the department and has a particular fondness for Transport Economics. He has a BA (Hons) in Economics, a P.G.C.E. and is one of a fairly select bunch to have a MA (Ed) in Economics Education. He is an experienced GCSE and ‘A’ level examiner having worked with both Edexcel and, for many years, with OCR.
Ruben Torres Guardia
Ruben graduated from Warwick University in 2007 and has been teaching Economics since then. He is currently an examiner for AQA, OCR and a team leader for Edexcel. He is very interested in finding new ways of introducing e-learning when teaching Economics. He says the best day of the year for him is results day because it is so rewarding to see his students achieve their full potential during their examinations. Outside of work he enjoys football (although a Chelsea supporter).
Graham graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Economics and started his teaching career in 1990 at Edmonton County. Since 2003, he has taught Economics and Business Studies A level in Essex schools. For Graham, the highlight of teaching is seeing students achieve at A level and go on to be a sucess in their lives. Specific highlights include working with a business class to organise a talent show to raise money for Children in Need and the Bank of England competition.
Economics and business related courses have proved increasingly popular as university choices as the number of students studying them at Brampton College for A level has increased. Students studying Economics A level have, in recent years, gone on to study at some of the country’s most prestigious universities, including Warwick, Manchester, City John Cass Business School, LSE and Cambridge.
Josh Shaffer joined as a AS restart student with an E at AS and finished with an A*. He also obtained A*A in Mathematics and Geography. He achieved a place at UCL to study Economics and Geography.
Kunjing (Acacia) Zhong achieved A*A*AA Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and has continued to study Economics at LSE.
Dhiren Savani joined as a restart student with an E at AS and finished with an A. He continued to The University of Birmingham to study Accounting and Finance.
|“Economics has become my favourite subject as I feel I can apply what I learn in class to everyday life.”|
|Piers Buckman (A1 student)|
2016 & 2017