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Economics A Level at Tollbar Academy

Course description

AS Level
What will I study?
Economics is concerned with the behaviour of humans as individuals, businesses,
organisations and governments - and the choices they make. Behind these choices lies
the economic problem - scarce resources and infinite wants. You will study the theories
that attempt to explain economic behaviour and realise that there is usually more than
one way of interpreting events. Economics offers an insight into how the world works
and will help students to understand many of the big questions facing people today
such as:
• Should the government intervene in the energy market?
• Should we have plain cigarette packets?
• Why are footballers paid more than nurses?
• How did the financial crisis start?
• Why isn’t anyone looking after the environment?
How is the course examined?
All exams are 1.5 hours and cover the whole specification. They all have 70 marks and
they all have an equal weighting of 50% of the AS Level.
Paper 1: Operations of markets and market failure
• Section A: 20 multiple choice questions worth 20 marks;
• Section B: Data response questions requiring written answers - choice of one
question from two contexts worth 50 marks.
Paper 2: The national economy in a global context
• Section A: 20 multiple choice questions worth 20 marks;
• Section B: Data response questions requiring written answers - choice of one
question from two contexts worth 50 marks.
How will I be assessed? • Case-study based examinations;
• Mini-part data response questions;
• Essays.

A Level
What will I study?
Economics is concerned with the behaviour of humans as individuals, businesses,
organisations and governments, and the choices they make. Behind these choices lies
the economic problem - scarce resources and infinite wants. You will study the theories
that attempt to explain economic behaviour and realise that there is usually more than
one way of interpreting events. Economics offers an insight into how the world works
and will help students to understand many of the big questions facing people today
such as:
• Should Britain adopt the Euro?
• Should Britain pull out of Europe?
• Should the government intervene in the energy market?
• Should we have plain cigarette packets?
• Why are footballers paid more than nurses?
• How did the financial crisis start?
• Why isn’t anyone looking after the environment?
How is the course examined?
All exams are 2 hours and cover the whole specification. They all have 80 marks and
they all have an equal weighting of 33.3% of the A Level.
Paper 1: Markets and Market failure
• Section A: data response questions requiring written answers - the choice of one
question from two contexts, worth 40 marks;
• Section B: essay questions requiring written answers - the choice of one question
from three offered, worth 40 marks.
Paper 2: National and Internationals Economy
• Section A: data response questions requiring written answers - the choice of one
question from two contexts, worth 40 marks;
• Section B: essay questions requiring written answers - the choice of one question
from three offered, worth 40 marks.
Paper 3: Economic Principles and Issues
• Section A: multiple choice questions worth 30 marks;
• Section B: case study questions requiring written answers, worth 50 marks.

Entry requirements

• A grade B or above in GCSE Business Studies/Economics or a Humanities GCSE
subject;
• A grade B or above in English and Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tollbar Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

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

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