Economics

Qualification: A-Level

Awarding Body:
AQA
Length of Course:
2 Years

Economics concerns the allocation of society’s scarce resources amongst the many alternative uses to which they could be used. In A-level Economics students will look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives such as employment, prices, international trade and poverty. The subject encourages debate and makes Economics lively and interesting, giving students the opportunity to make their own judgments and opinions. Economics is

a fascinating subject because it includes the study of how people behave and interact with each other and the dynamic between consumers, manufacturers and the government.

The course is linear and requires students to work towards completing two AS exams at the end of Year 12 and three exams at the end of Year 13. The course will focus on developing team working, research, communication, presentation, theory knowledge, application, analytical and evaluation skills, which will be vital for further education and all career paths.

AS-Level (Year 12)
Paper 1- AS Economics 1 Paper 2 – AS Economics 2

Assessed

•    Written exam: 1 hr 30 mins

•    70 marks in total

50% of A-level

Assessed

•    Written exam: 1 hr 30 mins

•    70 marks in total

50% of A-level

 

 

A-Level (Year 13)
Paper 1- Economics 1 Paper 2 – Economics 2 Paper 3 – Economics 3
Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level
Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level
Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level

 

 

Relevance to Further Studies and Careers

Students who take Economics often also study Law, Mathematics, Geography, History, Politics, Philosophy and Languages. Economics is a versatile subject that can help students in a number of careers, not only could they find themselves working for big corporations, banks or the government but their qualification in Economics could also be valuable support in a career like marketing, law, journalism or teaching.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English and a Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics