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Economics AS/A2 Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description


You might study Economics because you have an interest in the way your world works. Economics is about how the world uses its resources to provide all the things which people want. It will give you a chance to explore and learn about vital issues for this country: whether or not the UK should join the Euro; what causes inflation and unemployment; why and how we trade with other countries. You will learn to distinguish between the policies offered by the political parties on tax, welfare, health and education. You will also explore world issues such as poverty, famine and why rainforests and the environment are under such threat.


Economics is a subject which will be new to all students who take it. You will be introduced to some new ways of looking at the world and some new techniques of analysing what you see; a new form of language. The task of an economist is then to use this new language and perspective to interpret the world around them in a way which is not possible without those skills


Course content


AS Level Topics:

• Markets and Market Failure

• The National Economy


A2 Level Topics:

• Business Economics and the Distribution of Income

• The National and International Economy

Entry requirements


You will need to be interested in the world around you, and to keep up to date by reading a newspaper or listening to the television news. You must be able to write a structured essay and to do some maths - so you need at least a grade B in GCSE Maths.



AS Level:

Paper 1 1 hr 15 mins - Markets and Market Failure

Paper 2 1 hr 15 mins - The National Economy


A2 Level:

Paper 3 2 hrs - Business Economics and the Distribution of Income

Paper 4 2 hrs - The National and International Economy

There is no coursework requirement in Economics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years