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Economics A Level is a very wide-ranging and relevant course which is designed to provide an insight into the workings of a modern economy and how it affects individuals and institutions operating within such a system.

The course focuses on recent economic events, current economic issues and problems relating to the UK, but with the increasing globalisation of the world economy, it also deals with how we affect, and are affected by, developments in Europe and the rest of the world. 

In recent years, Economics has been studied in combination with almost every subject on offer. Many students take it with English, Mathematics, Geography, History, Business, Psychology and/or Sociology but it is also a useful addition to someone concentrating on sciences or languages.

This is an opportunity to study an entirely different subject area from those experienced up to Year 11 and to obtain a good general grounding for all future careers.

And finally… Do you want to learn about the business world? Do you want to understand the workings of the UK economy? Do you want to be a more informed voter at 18? Do you want to try something different? …then Economics could be for YOU!

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English and Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

Future opportunities

A Level Economics is a well-respected subject both for university courses and beyond. The knowledge and understanding you gain will stand you in good stead throughout your working life. Economists are much in demand and a degree in the subject could lead to a well-paid job in a variety of careers including banking, accountancy and business generally.

Course Content & Assessment

Course Content

We offer the AQA specification, which, as well as looking at the theoretical aspects of the subject, puts considerable emphasis on how it can be applied to the present day. Some of the many topics covered during the course include supply and demand, the labour market, international trade, taxation, government spending, unemployment, inflation and the management of the economy generally. The new specification has been updated to include the recent financial crisis and current topic areas such as development and behavioural economics.


Unit 1: Markets and Market Failure (33% of A Level = data response question and essay)

Unit 2: The National and International Economy (33% of A Level =  data response questions and essay)

Unit 3: Economic Principles and Issues (33% of A Level = multiple choice questions and case study/investigation)

Economics Department

Subject Leader Mrs S Puma
  Mrs de Hoest
  Mr G Woodwards


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