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Higher Economics (Course Code: C722 76)

SCQF Level 6 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Economics?

Economics is about choice and its impact. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and businesses.

Studying Economics will help you understand and make use of economic information. You will learn to analyse, interpret, predict and explain the actions of individuals, businesses and governments to various economic situations. You will develop an appreciation of how markets and governments work and how the decisions taken in these economic contexts affect our daily lives.

Economics is therefore a useful subject for many students, particularly if you are interested in a career in business or finance, central or local government.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have:

What will I study?

This course aims to give you the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to assess the impact of economic issues. You will develop skills in decision making by interpreting, analysing and evaluating a range of economic information to resolve relatively complex economic issues; extend numeracy skills by interpreting relatively complex economic data from charts, tables or other graphical forms; and develop literacy by being able to formulate logical conclusions based on relevant economic evidence.

The course is made up of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Economics of the Market (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

UK Economic Activity (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Global Economic Activity (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points) 

The course assessment has two components with a total of 100 marks:

The question paper will assess your breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will require you to collect information/evidence, analyse and evaluate economic data/information and produce a report on your conclusions and findings.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Highers in a Nutshell - Economics (CfE Higher)