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Economics A Level

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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level in Economics A
Code ECOAY20
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Why are footballers' wages so high? Should students pay for their higher education? Why is health care free in the UK but charged for in the USA? How do the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Bank of England manage the economy? You will discover the answers to these questions on our Economics course, where you will be enabled to understand current affairs, real-world issues and the significance of much of the information you hear every day on the news.

Throughout your course of study you will focus on 3 core modules:

  • Microeconomics: You will examine the nature of the economic problem and how different societies resolve it. You'll look at how markets operate via supply and demand and what happens if the outcome determined by the market is not desirable.
  • Macroeconomics: This module looks at large-scale issues, focusing on different theories of how the economy operates as a whole, and measures of a country's economic performance.
  • Global economics: Looking beyond the UK you will examine the theory behind, and the reality of, international trade.

Details

Studying Economics will enable you to understand the significance of much of the information you hear every day on the news. For example, you might consider why footballers’ wages are so high; whether students should pay for their higher education; why health care is free in the UK but charged for in the USA or how the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Bank of England manage the economy

  • Year 1: You will examine the nature of the economic problem and how different societies resolve it. You will go on to look at how markets operate via supply and demand to set the price of goods and services, and whether markets are operating efficiently. Finally, you will apply market theory to the labour market and the theory of how wages are determined.

  • Year 2: You will explore large-scale issues focusing on different theories of how the economy as a whole operates; gaining an understanding of how to measure a country's economic performance. Looking beyond the UK you will examine international trade focusing on the arguments for and against free trade as well as the benefits and drawbacks of globalisation.  

You will enjoy Economics if you have an interest in current affairs and want to focus on real-world issues and problems; have the ability to relate to theoretical models and to examine issues logically and systematically; are keen to work with numbers; can express yourself well, both orally in discussion and on paper; are ready to carry out independent research to apply ideas rather than just listening and reading. 

How will it be delivered?

All assessment is by examination at the end of Year 2. 

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 in a range of subjects. A grade 5 is required in maths, English and economics if taken at GCSE level.

Your next steps...

Some of the university degrees being taken by students who recently completed Economics A Level are; Economics at Reading, Financial Economics at Kent, Law with International Business at Leeds Beckett, Economics with Business at Keele, Economics at Bristol and Law at Sheffield. 

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