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Economics AS & A Level at Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Economics can be studied to A Level or AS Level.

Both courses are aimed at providing learners with a high level of understanding of many aspects of the economy. The A Level is a two year course that consists of four units (Themes) which  are assessed at the end of the two years. The AS Level is a one year course that consists of two units which are assessed at the end of that year.

The content of the Economics course will enable you to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of economics that will be needed if you are planning to progress to degree level particularly (although not only) in the same subject area, for example economics degrees with a focus on theory, or degrees in applied economics, labour economics, public sector economics or monetary economics.

The course seeks to:

  • Develop an interest and enthusiam for the subject.
  • Appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wide economic and social environment.
  • Develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use concepts in a variety of different contexts.
  • Use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist.
  • Understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives.
  • Develop analytical and quantitative skills that will equip you for challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

Course content

AS Units

  • Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure
  • Theme 2: The UK economy - performance and policies

A Level

  • Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure
  • Theme 2: The UK economy - performance and policies
  • Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market
  • Theme 4: A global perspective

 

Entry requirements

Route 1 - Minimum grade 5 in Mathematics is essential, (grade 6 in Mathematics is desirable) and at least one other grade B in a related subject

Route 2 - Minimum grade 5 in Mathematics is essential, (grade 6 in Mathematics is desirable) and at least one other grade B in a related subject

Route 3 - Not available

Assessment

All units are externally assessed. At AS Level, each theme is assessed through a written examination. 

At A Level, themes 1 and 2 are assessed in one written examination, themes 3 and 4 are each assessed through a written examination. The range of grade available are A*-E. 

Future opportunities

Studying Economics can lead into many career areas. Surprisingly, relatively few Economics students will begin a career as a professional economist directly after graduation - a postgraduate degree is usually required for such posts. Statistics show that the majority of Economics students after graduation obtain employment within 6 months of graduating. The jobs varym although with an emphasis on the finance sector (banking, accountacy, tax advice, actuarial work, insurance and trading). Other roles that Economics graduates regularly go into include management; marketing, sales & advertising; human resources; IT and education. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King Catholic High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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