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Economics GCE A Level at Oriel High School

Course description

Economics rules the modern world. It relates to every aspect of our lives from the decisions we make as individuals to the choices and decisions made by firms, governments and international organisations.
Economics is a well respected A Level that provides you with key transferable skills such as: analytical; communication and numerical skills, which both universities and employers look for in candidates.
Many students that study Economics A Level enjoy the subject and carry on to study it further at university. This can lead to careers in many different areas including economic policy, government, finance, banking, trading, financial journalism,
risk analysis or research.

Course content

A Level Economics is split into two units in both years: microeconomics & macroeconomics.
Microeconomics: this unit focuses on the decisions made by individuals and firms along with the role of markets and market failure. Topics covered include: scarcity and choice, how competitive markets work, competition and power, labour markets, market failure and government intervention.
Macroeconomics: this unit focuses on the wider economy at a domestic and global level.
You will learn to understand decisions that are made by governments, institutions,
firms and households collectively and their consequences on the indicators of economic performance for any country. Topics covered include: aggregate demand and aggregate supply, economic policy objectives, indicators of macroeconomic performance, application of economic policy, global context and financial sector.

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE Maths and English.


How will I be assessed?
AS assessment: 2 examinations (90 minutes each).
A Level assessment: 3 examinations (120 minutes each).
The examinations contain a mixture of multiple choice, data response and essay questions

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years