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Economics AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

Economics is a very well established and highly regarded academic subject.  It provides great opportunities for research and discussion of some of the major challenges facing Britain and the world today.

Course content

There are two core sections to A level Economic: microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Microeconomics is all about the behaviour and decisions of consumers and businesses.  What decides the price of your iPhone, your favourite chocolate bar and your holiday in Turkey?  Why do footballers earn so much and hairdressers so little?  Should we all pay more tax in order to finance the NHS, education and transport?  Who cause environmental damage and who should pay for it?

Macroeconomics looks at the bigger picture, in Britain and Abroad. What was the financial crisis and has it really ended?  How are we affected by the growth of the Chinese and Indian economies?  What causes unemployment and what can be done about it?  Can we have economic wealth and a solution to climate change?  What will happen if Britain leaves the EU?  Is the Ostrich Principle really the answer?

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


There are three external examinations, all taken at the end of the second year of the A level.  There is no coursework.There are three external examinations, all taken at the end of the second year of the A level.  There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

You will take part in study days with local universities and attend other conferences and visits for Economics students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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