Faculty: Business and ICT                                                                        

Level: A level linear

Examination Board /website: Edexcel

Qualifications needed to start the course:

5 GCSE passes grade 9-4,

including Grade 5 in English and Grade 5 in Maths

Assessment Details: The A level consists of 4 themes assessed by written examination. The papers include a combination of multiple choice, short answer, data response and extended open response questions.

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

Theme 2: The UK economy -performance and policies

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market

Theme 4: A global perspective

Three exams:

Paper 1 - 35%

Paper 2 - 35%

Paper 3- 30%

Course Outline:

The aim of the course is to enable students to gain an understanding of how the economy works. It involves applying theoretical concepts to issues such as the credit crunch, interest rates, inflation, unemployment, trade, development, production and consumption.

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

Good written ability and a commitment to reading challenging but stimulating material would ensure good progress. The independent learner would excel in this course as there is a wealth of real life scenarios developing daily and reported in the media.

Complementary subjects:        

Most undergraduate Economics degree courses require Mathematics A level. Economics is a diverse subject meaning that it can complement a variety of other subjects such as Government and Politics, History and Physics.  

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

Economics is a subject that provides a pathway to the variety career options and degree choices. 

Careers where the subject may have relevance include those in management, investment banking, finance, accounting and marketing. Most large organisations have Economists positions, as they analyse the economy and offer advice in making decisions.

For further information, please contact:

Miss Sackey, A level Economics teacher


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