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Economics will engage you critically with real world issues and give you the opportunity to apply your economic knowledge and skills to issues in the world around you. A good economist is an independent thinker and someone who recognises the relevance of the subject in understanding the wider global events and how they affect us all.

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a grade 5 in GCSE Economics, if taken, or a similar subject.

Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

Topics include: 1.1 Nature of economics, 1.2 How markets work, 1.3 Market failure, 1.4 Government intervention


Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies

Topics include: 2.1 Measures of economic performance, 2.2 Aggregate demand, 2.3 Aggregate supply , 2.4 National income, 2.5 Economic growth , 2.6 Macroeconomic objectives and policy


Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market

Topics include: 3.1 Business growth , 3.2 Business objectives, 3.3 Revenues, costs and profit, 3.4 Market structures, 3.5 Labour market, 3.6 Government intervention


Theme 4: A global perspective

4.1 International economics, 4.2 Poverty and inequality, 4.3 Emerging and developing economies, 4.4 The financial sector, 4.5 Role of the state in the macroeconomy

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

  • London (to visit Parliament, Bank of England and Financial Markets)
  • Royal Economic Society Essay competition
  • Bank of England Economic Journalism competition


There are three exams, each 33.3% of the A Level and 2 hours in duration.

Paper 1: Theme 1 & 3

Paper 2: Theme 2 & 4

Paper 3: all themes synoptically.

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The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford

Film: Black Gold (2006)

Economics is unique in that it can be both a Humanities and a Science subject at university, depending on the subjects it is combined with at A Level. You could progress to study a degree in Business and Finance, or Economics, but please note – Economics degrees usually require A Level Mathematics. Typical careers include investment banking, accountancy, stock market trader, data analyst, or a management role.

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