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Economics A Level at Dormers Wells High School

Course description

Studying A-Level Economics will provide students with a better understanding of the
world around them. You’ll look at fundamental issues such as employment, process, international trade and poverty.
These ever changing issues make Economics a dynamic and interesting subject. This course provides an introduction to the two main branches of economics: microeconomics (which studies the way in which markets work) and macroeconomics (which studies how economies operate).
Students will need to be able to manipulate data in a variety of forms and to interpret their results, present arguments and make judgements and justify recommendations on the basis of the available evidence.

Course content

Individuals, firms, markets and market failure

  1. Economic methodology and the economic problem
  2. Individual economic decision making
  3. Price determination in a competitive market
  4. Production, costs and venue
  5. Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
  6. The labour market
  7. The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality
  8. The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets
  9. The national and international economy
  10. The measurement of macroeconomic performance
  11. How the macroeconomy works : the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts
  12. Economic performance
  13. Financial markets and monetary policy
  14. Fiscal policy and supplyside policies
  15. The international economy


Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE passes including preferably a grade 6 in GCSE Maths (high grade 5
equivalent to a grade B will be considered via interview). Minimum of grade 4 in GCSE
English along with three further A*-C GCSE passes.


Paper 1:

  • Markets and market failure
  • 33.3% of A Level

Paper 2:

  • National and international economy
  • 33.3%of A Level

Paper 3:

  • Economic principles and issues
  • 33..3% of A Level

Future opportunities

Economics at this level opens doors across a range of higher education courses and
careers. Employment rates for economists are among the highest for graduates. They
are likely to find employment in finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, politics, management and consultancy. Some go on to become professional economists.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dormers Wells High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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