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Economics GCE A Level at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied economics before. You might have an interest in economics and want to know more about the impact the subject has on the world around you. You can investigate some of the stories you hear in the news: why do some economies grow and others don’t? Will the Eurozone survive? Why didn’t economists predict the global financial crisis? This course will help you to understand all this and more.

The Economics Department offers two options: A level Economics and Level 3 Financial Studies. Both are two year courses. Level 3 Financial Studies is worth the same UCAS points as A level Economics. For the A level, students are assessed through external examination at the end of the two years. For Level 3 Financial Studies, students are assessed through external examination, spread over the two years, with some scope to retake exams if necessary.

Course content


Microeconomics – scarcity and choice, how competitive markets work (supply and demand) and market failure and government intervention.

Macroeconomics – economic policy objectives and indicators of macroeconomic performance, aggregate demand and aggregate supply, the application of policy instruments and economics in a global context.



Microeconomics – competition and power in markets and the labour market.

Macroeconomics – economic development, income distribution and welfare and globalisation.

Themes in economics – putting theory into practice.


Economics relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. It is ideal for those with questioning minds, who are curious about what is going on around them in the real world. You will have the opportunity to debate issues such as inequality, immigration and how we should pay for health care. It will also enable you to use and interpret data to analyse economic problems, discuss alternative courses of action and keep up to date with national and international trends. You will develop a range of skills including analytical, quantitative, questioning and reasoning abilities. We encourage you to ‘think like an economist.’

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve a grade 5 in both GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.


This qualification is based on linear assessment with all exams taking place at the end of the course.


Financial information

There are no fees associated with this course.

Future opportunities

Studying economics prepares you for university study or moving into the world of work. Suitable HE subjects include economics and applied economics, such as environmental, labour, public sector or monetary economics. Economics is viewed as an excellent grounding at either A level or graduate level for jobs in marketing, management, accounting and finance, or indeed any business-related career. Economics is extremely highly regarded both by employers and universities, and is a well-respected base for almost any profession.


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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: 01 February 2018
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