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Economics A Level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

- A range of economic concepts and theories and critical approaches to considering current economic issues, problems and the role of institutions that affect everyday life
- How to apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real-world phenomena
- How to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it
- How to analyse and evaluate the roles and behaviour of consumers, producers, government and international institutions.

Course content

AS level

Paper 1: Introduction to markets and market failure
This will assess microeconomics and questions will be drawn from Theme 1.
Paper 2: The UK economy – performance and policies
This will assess macroeconomics and questions will be drawn from Theme 2
A -Level
Paper 1: Markets and business behaviour
This will assess microeconomics and questions will be drawn from Theme 1 and 3.
Paper 2: The national and global economy
This will assess macroeconomics and questions will be drawn from Theme 2 and 4.
Paper 3: Microeconomics and macroeconomics
This will assess content across all four themes.


Entry requirements

A-Level and AS level Economics are designed to provide knowledge and understanding of local, national and international markets and the interaction of consumers, businesses and government. Students who study A-Level Economics typically have an interest in the world of finance, business, current affairs, international relations or human geography and mathematics. There is no requirement for students to have studied Business or Economics at GCSE level but it is important for students to have an enthusiasm for the subject and be a regular reader of the quality press. Minimum GCSE grades of B in English and B in Maths are required to take this subject although it is expected that most students will have very strong numeracy skills and are likely to take Maths at A-Level or have A grades in mathematics-based GCSEs. It should be noted that students who wish to continue with economics at degree level would be required by most universities to have a Maths A-Level.


The course is entirely assessed by examinations which take place at the end of the course in May/June of Year 12 for AS and May/June of Year 13 for A2. There is no coursework.

Financial information

Students will need to buy a copy of the textbook published specifically for the course by Pearson. The book is not yet on sale but is likely to cost around £25. It is also advisable for students to buy revision guides for each of the four themes which at the time of writing are not yet on sale but in previous years have cost around £7.

There is also a quarterly journal entitled Economics Today which is written for A-Level students of economics priced at a discounted rate of around £11.00 for an annual subscription and available through the school.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years