Economics

The Economics Department offers GCSE Economics in Years 10 and 11 and A Level Economics in the Sixth Form. We also offer the LIBF Diploma in Financial Studies as part of the Sixth Form enrichment programme. We focus as a department on current economic affairs and up-to-date economic data.  

We use a wide variety of teaching methods and material including group work, presentations, news clips, programmes and DVDs, newspaper articles and case studies. Students can access revision notes, addidtional reading material and exercises on the eQE system. Weekly revision clinics are offered to GCSE pupils to support and help them prepare for their GCSEs. A-Level students are supported through a weekly drop-in session and on an individual basis.

To support Oxbridge candidates for Economics degrees, we provide preparatory sessions, practice interviews either internally or externally and opportunities to visit relevant conferences.

The Department offers a particularly extensive range of activities outside of lessons. Boys studying GCSE Economics visit the Bank of England and Europe House. A-Level students are offered a range of visits to relevant conferences and a European Study Trip in the Autumn Term of the Sixth Form. Previous destinations have included Prague, Barcelona and, further afield, China. Year 12 and 13 students can attend A-Level conferences, which feature presentations by MPs, economists and business leaders, and attend many of the open lectures at London universities such as the LSE and events at organisations such as the IEA.

QE has achieved considerable success in many national competitions facilitated and run by staff including winning entries in the RES Essay Competition, the IEA Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize, the LIBF Young Financial Journalist and LIBF Financial Capability video competitions. We have been national finalists in the ifs Student Investor Challenge and have had highly commended entries in many other essay competitions such as Financial Mail/Baillie Gifford across Years 10-13.

All pupils in Years 10-13 can enter the LIBF Student Investor Challenge, a national competition sponsored by ifs that involves teams of four students trading shares worth £100,000 in a simulated environment. Student Investor attracts a large number of entries from Queen Elizabeth's School and following places in the Regional Finals in 2013-15, we achieved 3rd place in the National Final in 2016.

Year 13 Economics students enter the Bank of England's annual Target 2.0 Competition, acting as the Monetary Policy Committee and setting the interest rate for the economy. In 2015, we were very proud of our QE team achieving national runner up in this prestigious competition.

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