Economics is not taught below the Sixth Form at Lancing and is offered at both AS and A Level using the OCR specification.
All students follow the OCR's Economics specification (H061 and H461). which contains an even balance between Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
Economics is one of the largest departments in the school in terms of numbers of AS and A Level candidates. In most years only Maths has substantially more entries at AS and A Level. Students opting for Economics do so in combination with a wide variety of other subjects both on the Science and Arts side although inevitably, given the strength of the Maths Department, many have Mathematics (and often Further Mathematics) as one of their options.
A large proportion of students go on to read Economics or Business/Management in Higher Education and pupils from recent year groups have been successful in obtaining places to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford while many others go on to study these subjects at Russell Group universities.
We are using the OCR textbooks specifically written for this specification and there are plenty of other books available within the department for individual or class use. The Library is a central resource for teaching and learning in the school and there is an extensive selection of Economics books available there for loan. Pupils are encouraged to use these along with newspaper and magazine articles and, of course, the internet to pursue their own individual research interests.
The department also runs a varied range of co-curricular activities from debates to visiting speakers. We have a budding Economics Society which is chaired by a student President and Vice President. The society has welcomed speakers such as Sir Michael Darrington OL and Dr Sahar Rad (UN Economics Consultant and Visiting Lecturer at King's College London). The society investigates topics which may not be part of the syllabus, such as development and gender economics. It allows the students to develop a broader understanding of the subject and to formulate their own opinions.
|Mrs Catherine Mole (BA UCL)
||Head of Department
|Mr Gordon Drummond (BSc Bath)
|Mr Alasdair W Pratt (BA York, MA Exeter)
|Mr Jim L Sherrell (MA Cantab)