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The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Economics (Y12-13)

Our vision in the Economics department is to help students understand and engage with the increasingly complex world of economics, allowing them to understand how the economy works both on a Micro and Macro level.


We want our students to: 

Understand micro-economic and macro-economic market models; use the models to explore current economic behaviour; make causal connections; and develop an understanding of how the models shed light on the economy as a whole. 


Be aware of the assumptions of the model of supply and demand; explain the way it works using a range of techniques; and use the model to describe, predict and analyse economic behaviour. 


Develop an understanding of the benefits of markets and the reasons why they may fail; understand the implications of market failure for individuals, firms, and government, and recognise the possibility of government failure.


Use the aggregate demand/aggregate supply (AD/AS) model and data to understand why supply-side and/or demand-side policies may be seen as appropriate ways of managing an economy.


Consider the possible impact of macro-economic policies; recognise the issues government faces in managing the macro-economy; argue for different approaches; and identify criteria for success and evaluate effectiveness.


Develop the ability to apply and evaluate economic models as represented in written, numerical and graphical forms; interpret and evaluate different types of data from multiple sources; and propose and justify possible responses to economic issues.

Subject staff

Mr R Whitehouse - Curriculum leader

Curriculum Overview

Individuals, firms, markets and market failure

1 Economic methodology and the economic problem

2 Individual economic decision making

3 Price determination in a competitive market

4 Production, costs and revenue

5 Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly

6 The labour market

7 The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality

8 The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets

The national and international economy

9 The measurement of macroeconomic performance

10 How the macroeconomy works: the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts

11 Economic performance

12 Financial markets and monetary policy

13 Fiscal policy and supply-side policies

14 The international economy


Years taught:



A-Level - AQA Economics

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 Curriculum Mapping 


We have guest speakers come into the school from the Bank of England to discuss how the Central Bank works and how Monetary Policy works.

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