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A Level Economics at Conyers School

Course description

AS - Course & Module Description

Unit 1 - Markets and Market Failure

This unit is really about supply and demand, that is, what incentivises firms to produce and provide certain goods and services and essentially what is it that allows individuals, governments and whole societies to buy these goods and services. How are prices determined? Why is it that some people can afford to buy and have more than others? What is the role of government in deciding who gets what? How many of you reading this would be able to afford education if you had to pay for it? Or afford to go to the doctor if you got ill? Interesting questions!

This module is assessed by a 75 minute examination comprising objective test questions and short and long answer questions.

Unit 2 - The National Economy

This is the study of whole economy issues like unemployment, inflation, economic growth, balance of payment, government policy—fiscal and monetary—and really a study of how whole economies actually work

This module is assessed by a 75 minute examination comprising objective test questions and short and long answer questions.

A2 - Course & Module Description

Unit 3 - Business Economics and the Distribution of Income

This is really a study of all the possible market structures that can exist in the economy. Is it best that all markets are competitive with lots of firms competing for your custom? Or could it be better if one, or a small number of large firms, supply our goods and services. These questions can be very important when it comes to determining prices. Ask your parents about gas and electricity prices at the moment. Did you know there is a market structure called oligopoly?

This module is assessed by a 2 hours written examination compromising of short and long answer data response questions and one essay from a choice of 3.

Unit 4 - The National and the International Economy

This unit builds on what you learn in Unit 2, but really looking into more depth about the AS topics. The main difference is we look at the global economy and international trade and relations not just the UK economy. A big part of the unit is globalisation, what it means and who are the winners and losers from globalisation.

This module is assessed by a 2 hours written examination compromising of short and long answer data response questions and one essay from a choice of 3.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2014

Key information

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

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