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GCE As and A level subject criteria for economics

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Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
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  • Economics
  • Education

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Microsoft Word - ECONOMICS1.doc 1 GCE AS and A level subject criteria for economics September 2006 QCA/06/2847 GCE AS and A level subject criteria for economics © 2006 Qualifications and Curriculum Authority 2 Contents 1. Introduction 3 2. Aims 3 3. Subject content 4 4. Key skills 7 5. Assessment objectives 8 6. Scheme of assessment 8 GCE AS and A level subject criteria for economics © 2006 Qualifications and Curriculum Authority 3 1. Introduction 1.1 These subject criteria set out the knowledge, understanding, skills and assessment objectives common to all advanced subsidiary (AS) and advanced (A) level specifications in economics. They provide the framework within which the awarding body creates the detail of the specification. Subject criteria are intended to: • help ensure consistent and comparable standards in the same subject across the awarding bodies • define the relationship between the AS and A level specifications, with the AS as a subset of the A level • ensure that the rigour of A level is maintained • help higher education institutions and employers know what has been studied and assessed. Any GCE specification that contains significant elements of economics must be consistent with the relevant parts of these subject criteria. 2. Aims 2.1 AS and A level specifications in economics should encourage students to: • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for the study of the subject • appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment • develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use these concepts in a variety of different contexts • use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and an ability to think as an economist • develop skills, qualities and attitudes which will equip them for the

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