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Economics GCE A Level

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What will you be working towards?

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


This subject follows the new Edexcel (A) specification.  It is a linear  A Level course with three exams at the end of two years of study.

Economics is a lively and topical course with the central concern of explaining how governments, firms and individuals use resources.


You are presented with economic issues every day. Examples include: road congestion, NHS waiting lists, the destruction of tropical rain forests, the search for sources of energy for the future, the fluctuating value of the pound and technological advances leading to unemployment in certain sectors.  The basic economic problem involves limited resources and unlimited wants for those scarce resources.

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How will it be delivered?

The course is based on four themes which are assessed through three examination papers at the end of the second year.  The method of assessment for the modules is based on short answer questions, multiple choice, data response and essay questions.

The first year learning consists of two themes:
•    Introduction to markets and market failure
•    The UK Economy - performance and policies

The second year also consists of two themes:
•    Business behaviour and the labour market
•    A global perspective

Economics keeps options open for a wide range of careers, for example, Law, Banking, Management, Administration, Insurance, Accountancy, Teaching and Retailing.

Please contact Charlotte Wright at [email protected] if you have any further queries.

Entry requirements

The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students will be required to achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.

To study Economics, students must achieve at least a grade 5 in both GCSE English Language AND GCSE Mathematics.


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