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Economics A Level at South Downs College

Course description

Economics is everywhere!

It is a study of how we as human beings make choices with our limited resources. Just turn on the news any day of the week and you’re guaranteed to see Economics in action.

We look at why individuals, firms, governments and global organisations make certain decisions with scarce resources.

Economics is a social science and is regarded as a “preferred subject” by Russell Group Universities.

Course content

  • Supply, demand, prices, interest rates, inflation, unemployment, exchange rates, taxation, money creation, the European Union and migration are just some of the topics we cover.
  • We also look at how industries function as markets and how you and I decide how to spend our money and our time.
  • You will study the theories behind the issues and, more importantly, you will debate the reasons behind our current economic situation and search for workable solutions.
  • We will be applying theories to existing social, economic and political scenarios, so keeping up to date with current affairs is essential.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues and problems that affect everyday life.
  • Apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real-world phenomena.
  • Analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.
  • Participate effectively in society as a citizen, producer and consumer.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.


You will be assessed by three two-hour written examinations sat in the second year (June 2018).

This is a Linear A level programme covering a two year course of study.

Future opportunities

Students have progressed to Higher Education to complete degrees in Economics, Actuarial Science, Business, Mathematics and Law.

Options for progression also include apprenticeships or employment in a relevant industry

Further information

The College now follows the new linear A-Level OCR syllabus. New topics will be covered and there will be an increased emphasis on mathematical applications and calculations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2016

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