A-Level Economics gives students an opportunity to look at and analyse the economic output of entire countries, asking questions such as: What is their position in the international marketplace? How they allocate their limited resources to build growth? It also focuses on the individual and industries, looking at the buyer and seller, what impacts demand, and how people and companies respond to price changes. Students also gain an idea of how economists reach decisions, how observations are converted into theories and models, how these are tested, and whether they have practical value.
What is Economics?
Economics introduces students to both microeconomic and macroeconomic issues. Students are expected to acquire competence in quantitative skills that are relevant to the subject content. They will develop a familiarity with the various types of statistical and other data commonly used by economists. Students will also be expected to be able to construct and use graphs and apply statistical measures such as the mean, median and relevant quantiles, as well as being able to interpret data presented in the form of index numbers.
Students also explore the disagreements between economists and current economic controversies. Students will also develop a critical approach to both economic models and methods of enquiry, and will appreciate that value judgements play an important role in economic decision-making. They will also acquire a good knowledge of the trends and developments in the economy which have taken place over the past fifteen years.
How is it studied?
AQA A-Level Economics is taught within the two-year, five-term and one year A-Level programmes.
Economics is taught in small groups and students are taught both the theories of economics and their respective criticisms. Students gain an insight into methodology and issues such as price determination, production, markets and market failure, as well as the reasoning behind government intervention. Other topics include the macroeconomy, policy, and performance.
Students are prepared for their final exams which include multiple-choice questions, structured questions and responses to stimulus materials.
OCR and Edexcel A-Level Economics are available as two-term or one year retake programmes.
How is A Level Economics assessed?
|1||Markets and Market Failure||33.3%||External exam: 2 hours|
|2||National and International Economy||33.3%||External exam: 2 hours|
|3||Economic Principles and Issues||33.3%||External exam: 2 hours|
Exam Board: AQA
What do I need?
Economics involves the analysis of quantitative data and evidence, so sound mathematical ability is required to study economics successfully. Students should also have an interest in the workings of individual industries and the policy decisions of governments, as the A-Level looks at both of these. Students will be expected to keep up-to-date with economic changes and trends, so an interest in watching or reading current affairs is helpful.
What should I study with Economics?
A-Level Mathematics is extremely useful and essential if you aim to read economics at university. In addition to Mathematics, Economics combines well with a broad range of subjects including Politics, Philosophy, Geography, Psychology, Sociology and History.
What can I do with A-Level Economics?
Many students go on to study economics at university; others pursue business or management science degrees or degrees involving the study of more than one subject such as Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE).
Questions about the course
Can I study A-Level Economics in one year?
As an A-level Economics retake student, yes.
If, as an international student, you have studied Economics or a closely related subject to the equivalent of AS-Level in your home country and have a good level of Academic English, yes.
Do I need GCSE Mathematics to study Economics?
GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C (4) or above is essential in order to study A-Level Economics successfully.
Is it possible to study A-Level Economics and A-Level Business as two of my three A-Levels?
Yes. However, some Russell Group universities ask for a broader variety of subjects, as they see these two subjects taken together as being a narrow a range of study.