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Economics AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

Students will focus on two themes: (1) Markets, consumers and firms and (2) The wider economic environment. They will explore the core economic models and concepts used by economists and learn how to apply them in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. The second year introduces two new themes: (3) The global economy, which explores issues of globalisation and business expansion and (4)Making markets work, which explores competition, market failure, macroeconomic management and the international financial sector.

Entry requirements

Grade A or high B in Maths and at least one other subject which involves extended writing such as English or History and at least 5 other C grades at GCSE (Average GCSE score of 46). Students do not need to have studied Business at GCSE to be eligible for entry onto this course.


Assessment will occur in June of Year 2 and will consist of three separate examination papers:

Paper 1 (2 hours, worth 35% of final mark) will assess microeconomics from themes 1 & 4. It will have three sections. Students will have to answer ALL of the questions in section A and B and one from section C.

Paper 2 (2hours, worth 35% of final mark) will assess themes 2 and 3. It will have three sections. Students will have to answer ALL of the questions in section A and B and one from section C.

Paper 3 (2 hours, worth 30% of final mark) will assess content across all four themes and students will be required to apply their knowledge and understanding, make connections and transfer higher order skills across all four themes. This paper will be based on a pre-released context that will allow students to investigate prior to the examination. 

At least 20% of the marks on all papers will require students to use mathematical skills.

Future opportunities

Economics is an excellent subject to study at this level. Many go on to university to further their studies. The majority of economics courses require mathematics at AS level or higher but an increasing number are reviewing this requirement. For those planning careers in finance or management this course is a real asset

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.