Congratulations J1s! You have successfully entered JC (hopefully your ideal one). Now that orientation is over, you have reached the next phase of your induction. Which subject should I choose? Should I even choose Economics? Let’s assume you have decided to take Econs. But should I pick H1 or H2 Econs? What is the main difference between them?
Evidently, H1 has much less content than H2. To exemplify, Market Structure, a topic where students get to learn the behaviour of firms (such as price wars between SingTel and Stahub), is not in the H1 Syllabus.
A rough estimation of the difference in content is that H1 is approximately 60% of that of H2.
H1 and H2 Econs have different emphasis. H1 Econs mainly focus on case studies while H2 Econs mainly focus on essays (60% of total marks). That being said, both H1 and H2 Econs have case studies and the exam difficulties are the same. The skill sets required for both levels are equally rigorous.
While there is a difference in difficulty level, it does not mean that taking H1 is all that bad! This difference has led to a generation of some misconceptions of H1 Econs, which we have debunked over here!
So what should you pick?
In all honesty, I would still advocate H2 Econs. But why?
- Topics covered in H2 and not in H1 will ultimately give you a more coherent picture of Economics in real life! For example, you get to understand Econs in the eyes of a consumer, firm and government.
- Economics is a meaningful social science that can be used to explain many issues in the world. Almost every policy in Singapore is governed by Economics! Wouldn’t it be better if you can understand better how are policies formed in Singapore with H2 Econs (more content)?
- In fact, this is the only subject that is still applicable in your adulthood no matter what job you pursue i.e you can use Economics to explain your house mortgages, your rising bus fare etc.
So, have you made your choice? Will it be H1 or H2 Econs?