This interesting course will help you understand more about business and government decision-making. The flexible syllabus allows us to cover a wide range of topical issues, ensuring your studies will be relevant to economic events and the real world.
1. Microeconomics: this explores the behaviour of individuals, firms and markets. The focus is government policy with regards to competition and inequality. You will also explore how governments can increase economic growth, reduce inflation and unemployment and deal with recession and the problems of high government and consumer debt.
2. Investigate competition and market power and market failure. You will gain an understanding of globalisation and explore the ways that firms expand into new markets.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
You do not need to have studied Economics before but an interest in current affairs is important. You will need to have achieved a grade 6/B in both GCSE Maths and English. Students with grade 5/C in GCSE Maths and/or English will need to have a discussion with the A Level Economics course leader before enrolling.
Future career and study opportunities
Economics has direct relevance to many careers in business management, accounting, banking, teaching, media & politics. This course will give you a good foundation to progress into employment or onto university.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.