Economics update September 2018
Welcome back to the new term! I hope that you have enjoyed a restful summer break.
I thought I would start the year with a quick review of what is happening to our Economics qualifications.
Economics A and Economics B
We have now had two A level exam series (2017 and 2018) which means that there are now a number of past papers available with their accompanying mark schemes and examiners’ reports. The examiners’ reports are an excellent source of exemplar candidate answers with accompanying examiner comments.
You may also wish to use our past AS papers (we have three series of AS papers, 2016-2018) to generate assessments for Themes 1 and 2.
Please do remember our policy of ‘unlocking’ exam papers after nine months which means that the 2018 papers might not be so useful for mocks after March 2019. We do, however, have a set of specimen papers which are permanently ‘locked’.
International A Level (IAL) Economics
This is an important transition year for the IAL Economics qualification with the new 2018 specification available for first teaching this term. The first AS Unit 1 examination of the new 2018 specifications is in January 2019. The first AS award in the new 2018 specification is in June 2019. The first A level award of the new 2018 specification is in June 2020.
The final AS examination series for the IAL (2013) Economics qualification, including resit is in June 2019. The final A2 examination series is October 2019. The final resit for units 3 and 4 is in June 2020.
It is not possible to combine unit results so it is important that candidates be entered for the correct unit codes.
The IAL (2013) codes are WEC01, WEC02, WEC03 and WEC04.
The IAL (2018) codes are WEC11, WEC12, WEC13 and WEC14.
This qualification is not available in the UK.
International GCSE Economics
The International GCSE Economics qualification is in the second year of transition.
The last examination series for the legacy (2009) specification (paper code 4ECO 01) will be in January 2019.
The new (2017) specification has two papers (4EC1 01 and 4EC1 02) and the first examination series will be in May/June 2019.
The transition will also see the reported grade outcomes using a 9-1 scale, replacing the former A*-G scale.
This qualification is not available to state schools in the UK.
I hope that you have a smooth start to the term.