09 Nov What is the difference between H1 and H2 Economics in JC?
Taking A-Level Economics in Junior College
Economics is a subfield of social science that focuses on the distribution of finite resources with multiple uses to satisfy wants and requirements. The subject can be taken in junior college at an H1 or H2 level. If you are currently deciding whether to study H1 or H2 Economics, continue reading this article to learn out more about the difference between these two subjects.
What do Economics Assessments look like?
Before deciding between H1 and H2 economics, it is good to get a general understanding of their assessments so you know what to expect. The assessment for H1 Economics is 3 hours long and worth a total of 90 marks. There is only one Paper 1 component, where candidates must respond to two equally weighted case studies. On the other hand, the assessment for H2 Economics comprises Paper 1 and Paper 2, each worth 60 marks and 75 marks respectively. Each paper is 2 hours and 15 minutes long.
Both the H1 and H2 economics curricula follow a similar structure, but the former gives students the fundamentals of economics in only half the curriculum time. Both curricula are designed to provide candidates with a basic understanding of economic theories, the capacity to explain and analyse economic problems using economic reasoning, the habit of reading critically, and the ability to support economic claims with evidence.
The two curricula share three key themes. The primary economics issue is covered in the first theme, which guides students through the conflict between limitless needs and finite resources, different issues that economic agents face, scarcity as the main economic issue, and economic theories and tools.
The second theme explores economic markets and how they respond to basic economic problems, how economic agents make decisions, microeconomics, the price mechanism and its applications, and market failure.
As for the third theme, the country’s economy, its various economic challenges, macroeconomic analysis, and standard of living are covered.
What is the main difference between H1 and H2 Economics?
For H1 Economics, case studies are the main emphasis, whereas, for H2 Economics, essays comprise 60% of the final grade.
In general, H2 Economics topics are more advanced than H1 Economics topics. For instance, you learn how economics is applied to everyday life and how the public, businesses, and customers perceive economics.
Strengthen your economics foundation with JC Economics
Regardless of whether you have decided on studying H1 or H2 Economics, it is beneficial to explore economics tuition options. At JC Economics, we have a qualified tutor who specialises in teaching both H1 and H2 Economics tuition. In addition to our weekly tuition sessions which are jam-packed with essays and case studies, we also offer intensive revision programmes that cover material from the JC 1 syllabus and help students improve their understanding of each topic.
If your child is currently struggling with economics, consider enrolling your child in a class with JC Economics. To register, please SMS/WhatsApp your child’s full name, the selected time slot, and the school to 8251 3684. You will receive a confirmation SMS or WhatsApp if your registration is successful. We look forward to helping your child excel in economics!