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A Level Economics

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Students build knowledge and understanding of core economic models and concepts including markets and the UK economy and more complex concepts and models including business behaviour, the labour market and global perspectives. While you study economics you employ ideas and techniques from many other disciplines too; including history, sociology, mathematics and statistics, and politics. Therefore, our graduates are extremely well qualified for a wide range of jobs and further courses.


Outline of the Course
Unit 1: Introduction to markets and market failure.
This unit focuses on microeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of the nature of economics; how markets work; market failure; government intervention.
Unit 2: The UK economy - performance and policies
This unit focuses on macroeconomic concepts introduced in Unit 1 and focuses on business economics. Students will develop an understanding of business growth; business objectives; revenues, costs and profits; market structures; labour market; government intervention.
Unit 4: A global perspective
This unit develops the macroeconomic concepts introduced in Unit 2 and applies these concepts in a global context. Students will develop an understanding of international economics; poverty and inequality; emerging and developing economies; the financial sector; role of the state in the macro economy.

How will it be delivered?


Type of Assessment




Markets and Business Behaviour: questions will be drawn from Units 1 and 3

2 hours, 100 marks



The National and Global Economy: questions will be drawn from Units 2 and 4

2 hours, 100 marks



Microeconomics and Macroeconomics: questions will assess content across all four units

2 hours, 100 marks


Entry requirements

Entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Maths

May be accepted on the course: 6 in Maths

Your next steps...

Economics A level is highly regarded by the Russell group of universities. A solid grounding in maths and humanities is essential. If you are thinking about doing PPE at university, this is an essential course. It goes well with Politics, Maths, History and Classics.


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