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Economics and Business A level at St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

This course is suitable for students who prefer exams to coursework and are prepared to take an interest in current business news and international business. You will learn how to analyse information effectively and be able to suggest solutions to real business problems.

Course content

Theme 1 – Markets, consumers and firms.

In this theme, you will explore the way in which consumers make choices and entrepreneurs create desirable products. You will consider why certain markets fail; how government decision making affects the economy and markets in which companies operate, and the income and welfare of private individuals.

Theme 2 – The wider economics environment.

This theme helps you to explore how firms can become more competitive. It introduces you to the wider international and economic environment in which firms operate. You will look at global issues, and how different countries manage their economy in different ways.

Theme 3 – The global economy.

In this theme, you will develop your understanding of the meaning of globalisation. You will then go on to explore ways in which firms expand into new markets and move to new locations for production, alongside looking at the issues relating to global trade and growth, and the trade policies that shape the global economy. Multinational corporations figure significantly in this theme, along with the study of global labour markets, poverty, inequality and income distribution.

Theme 4 – Making markets work.

You will learn about competition and market power in this unit, including the different ways in which companies can compete without exploiting consumers, and how the government reacts when exploitation occurs.

Entry requirements

The general requirement to enter St Peter's Sixth Form to study 3 A levels, is 5 GCSEs at grade C / level 4 or above including English and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be taken into account.

Required for this course:

5 in GCSE English Language and maths.


The course will be assessed through three examinations at the end of the two year course.

Future opportunities

The course provides a solid foundation for studies at a higher level in the following subject area:

  • business management,
  • business administration,
  • accountancy and finance,
  • human resource management,
  • marketing,
  • retail management,
  • tourism management
  • international business.

It may also lead on to a career in the commercial world e.g. in banking, sales, product management or general management.

Business and management skills are also considered desirable skills to have in public sector organisations or charities. Your skills would help your to enter a future management position in any organisation, be it business related or not.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's RC High School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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