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Economics AS/A2 Level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

The study of Economics should enable students to understand better the current economic issues that affect their lives. It should enable students to recognise problems faced by themselves and others and to offer informed comment on economic problems.

Course content

It will be necessary to read critically to gain information about the changing economy in which we live. Topics that regularly appear in the news such as interest rates, tax changes, minimum wage, unemployment and its costs, inflation and other related topics will all be analysed.
An understanding of how the economy operates is essential to understand why participants in a market economy have to make choices and how these choices are interrelated and interdependent. It certainly should enable students to make more informed decisions on their own personal finances!
Key concepts and theory will be taught in the context of UK, EU and International data that will be based when appropriate on current events. It is intended to provide a broad understanding of Economics and to provide a basis for further study of the subject.

Entry requirements

An A or A* Grade in GCSE Maths is essential.


A level Economics is examined through three written papers covering four themes. Themes 1 and 2 are as listed above for AS Economics, theme 3 explores business behaviour and the labour market and theme 4 considers a global perspective. Each paper comprises 100 marks and has a combination of short answer (including multiple choice), data response and extended open response questions.
The stand-alone AS qualification would be assessed on the content that forms Year 12 of the linear course.

Future opportunities

The course provides obvious routes into a range of Higher Education opportunities, in particular those that require a logical and analytical approach. Economics is a core subject in many of the professional examinations in particular banking, insurance and accountancy.
Economics will provide a good foundation for a career in the commercial world. Many of our past students are now working in the City after studying Economics at degree level. Further information is available on the School website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years