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Economics A Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

There has never been a better time to study this subject. People, businesses and governments are constantly making economic decisions which affect all our living standards. Individuals choose whether to go to go to university or directly into employment. Businesses choose whether to expand into new markets. Governments choose whether to spend more on areas like education, health and housing. Economics explains how such decisions are made and how problems like unemployment and inflation may arise and be solved. It is a rewarding, interesting and respected subject which focuses on current issues like the financial crisis, environment and globalisation. It will appeal to anyone interested in the welfare of their own society.

Course content

Year 12 topics

Individuals, firms, markets & market failure

How individuals make economic decisions

Prices in competitive markets

Business economics

Distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality

Government intervention in markets



Developments in the national and international economy

Government policies

Economic growth and development


Year 13 topics develop these themes to a higher Level including

Behavioural economics

Banking and financial markets

The challenges of globalisation.

Entry requirements

Level 5 English Language and Level 6 Maths with a minimum average GCSE point score of 4.8.



Each unit is assessed by means of exams with no coursework.

At Year 12 Level you will answer a combination of stimulus data response, numerical data and other structured questions in examinations.

At Year 13 Level there is a broader mix of questions based on real world problems but with more emphasis placed on essay writing and higher Level numerical analysis.


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Progression to study a wide range of subjects and to enter a variety of careers. These include Economics, Business Management, Sales and Marketing, Media and Journalism, Law, Teaching, Information Services, Computing and History.

Further information

What skills do I need?

  • Analysis and evaluation of simple text and numerical data
  • An ability to write structured responses when needed
  • A willingness to develop arguments in discussion and on paper


How will I be taught?
Economics will be taught using a variety of methods. Each unit will be based on a task-oriented workbook but there will be opportunities for group work, discussions and individual research.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline Year 1 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; Year 2 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Examining Board

Economics is for you if: You have an interest in what is happening in the economy and can understand data and graphs.

Economics is not for you if: You dislike formal exams with essay-style questions and diagrams.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016
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