Economics is taught within the Humanities Department at Concord. In Form 4 and Form 5 (Years 10 & 11), students can opt to take the Cambridge IGCSE course. This course has proved very popular with students. It is demanding, but gives the students a good understanding of the economic world around them. It is also an excellent foundation for the A-level economics course.
In Year 6.1 (Year 12) students can take the Cambridge International AS Economics course, and the vast majority will then continue with the subject in year 6.2 (Year 13) to gain the Cambridge International Economics A-level. There are seven economics teachers within the department. Each group of students will have two Economics teachers with Macroeconomics and Microeconomics themes taught concurrently. As well as adding variety, this also allows students to rapidly gain the economic knowledge necessary to start applying it to real world situations, making sense of the economic issues in the news. The course has academic rigour, and develops a wide variety of skills, from extended writing to evaluation techniques. A level economics is highly regarded by universities.
There are several student-led Economics discussion groups which meet regularly with the aim of stretching students’ economic knowledge beyond the restriction of exam board specifications. We also offer opportunities to enter internal and external competitions. These include an internal essay-writing competition and externally the Royal Economics Society Young Economist of the Year essay writing competition, the IEA Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize, the Bank of England Competition and the Student Investor Competition.