GCE Economics B from September 2015
A level Economics B from 2015 is the successor to the A level (2008) Economics and Business qualification.
The content of the course has been divided into four themes to be taught over two years. If you are delivering the A level there is no prescribed order but if you are planning to enter students for the AS level exams in the summer 2016 series you must teach Themes 1 and 2 in the first year because the AS exams assess the content of Themes 1 and 2.
We would advise you to teach Theme 1 before Theme 2 and not in parallel. So if there are two teachers delivering the specification, rather than give one Theme to each teacher it would be better to split Theme 1 between the two until Christmas and then split Theme 2 between the two after.
The ‘Teaching Support’ section on the qualification page includes a course planner, scheme of work, mapping guide (from the 2008 specifications to the new specification) and a Getting Started Guide which can act as a course companion for you as you plan lessons through the year.
Anforme Publishers are planning a book for each of the four themes. The Theme 1 book is already available with the Theme 2 book due in September 2015. Books for Themes 3 and 4 will follow in 2016.
The qualification is also being supported by ZigZag Education who are producing a course companion for each theme.
A number of half-day training events to help you prepare for Themes 3 and 4 will take place in 2016.
- 11 March in London Code: 15BAB03/01
- 16 March in Birmingham Code: 15BAB03/02
- 19 April in Leeds Code: 15BAB03/03
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