Economics A level at Balcarras School
Economics A-level provides a very good grounding in economic and strategic thinking
which will provide students with a solid foundation in economic awareness and
understanding. The course encourages students to develop an understanding of
economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic
issues. It also expects students to apply economic concepts and theories in a range
of contexts and to appreciate their values and limitations in explaining real-world
Note: Many universities require students applying for an economics degree to have
gained an A-level in mathematics or further mathematics.
Successful A-level economics students need to have good communication skills and be confident using numbers. Consequently, a GCSE grade B in both English and mathematics are necessary.
Students do not need to have studied business studies at GCSE-level.
Examination Board- AQA
Paper 1: Operation of markets, 1½ hrs - 50% of AS
Paper 2: Economics in a global context, 1½ hrs - 50% of AS
Paper 1: Markets and market failure, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level
Paper 2: The national & international economy, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level
Paper 3: Economic principles and issues, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balcarras School directly.