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Economics AS/A-Level at The Appleton School

Course description

Economics is all about the key issues facing us today ie poverty, unemployment and inflation. It is essentially about the choices people make – as consumers, workers, producers and government, and the result of these choices.

Studying Economics will allow students to:

  •  develop an understanding of real life economic concepts and theories
  •  evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the  role of government within it
  •  develop a critical approach to various economic theories.

Course content

AS course content
This course covers both Micro and Macro Economics.

  • Microeconomics involves looking at how individuals are affected by certain economic factors and includes studying the behaviour of customers, firms and government.
  • Macroeconomics involves looking at the whole economy including the study of unemployment, inflation and comparing different economies.

A Level course content
This course covers both the Micro and Macro Economics elements from AS plus additional topics:

At the micro level these include:

  •  Poverty
  •  Inequality
  •  The labour market

At the macro level these include:

  •  Looking at the financial markets and monetary policy
  •  Fiscal policy (how governments raise and spend money)
  •  Supply-side policies (how the government tries to increase output in  the economy)
  •  The international economy


100% examination at both AS and A Level.

Future opportunities

You can use Economics within most job areas as it is recognised as a very valuable A level and degree. It is useful for many professions including: accountancy, teaching, journalism, the civil service and the police force.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years