Economics and Politics
Economics is taught at A Level, and follows the AQA course.
The course covers both micro and macroeconomics, including supply and demand analysis, markets, AD/AS analysis, and how government policy seeks to achieve economic objectives. Pupils then go on to look at economic theory in greater depth. In microeconomics, this includes labour markets, the distribution of income and wealth, the environment and market failure. In macroeceonomics, pupils learn about national economy, and then cover international topics such as globalisation, trade theory, exchange rates, and the UK’s global economic links.
Politics is taught at A Level, and follows the AQA course.
The course covers both UK and US politics, and explores comparisons between the two systems. The girls look at how political systems and parliaments work, the role of the judiciary, and how participation in democracy happens through elections, referendums and pressure groups. The course also covers the main political ideas, including liberalism, conservatism and socialism.
Beyond the classroom
Sixth Form pupils stay closely in touch with current news and events. There is an Economics and Politics Society, which is open to girls in Years 10 and above. Sixth Form girls have a trip to London, visiting Parliament and attending economics lectures, and they enjoyed a five-day trip to Washington and Philadelphia in February 2018, during which they visited Congress, the National Constitution Centre, and Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and adopted. St Mary’s girls also take part in Model United Nations. They attend several conferences around the country each year, representing a different nation state each time.