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Economics A level (through United Classroom) at Shoreham Academy

Course description

United Classroom is the United Learning group’s (of which your school is a part) distance learning environment. It allows courses which some schools do not offer to be delivered virtually and studied by students in any school. The project’s aim is to increase access to excellent subject-specialist teaching at A-level, so that students have more choice.

There will usually be three taught sessions of around an hour, at various times of the day. For example, this might look like Monday 9am, Wednesday 2pm and Friday 11am.

Between lessons, just like with a face-to-face course, there will be tasks to complete. There will usually be some preparation (e.g. reading or watching a relevant online video) for the coming week.

One or two evenings a week the course teacher will be available online to answer questions and support with the tasks.

Course content

First Year

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure - This theme focuses on microeconomic concepts.

Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies - This theme focuses on macroeconomic concepts.

Second Year

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market - This theme develops the microeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 1 and focuses on business.

Theme 4: A global perspective - This theme develops the macroeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 2 and applies these concepts in a global context.


There is no coursework in this course. The four themes are examined across 3 papers sat at the end of Year 13. The exams involve multiple choice, analyses of data and more open-ended written tasks. Each exam is worth roughly a third of the qualification and lasts for 2 hours.

Future opportunities

The UK’s top universities all admire economics Alevel for its range of skills and intellectual rigour. Course such as PPE, Social Sciences, History and Engineering are always keen to recruit economics A-level students. It is the perfect ‘4th’ subject for both science and humanities A-level students to show off their breadth of interest and skill.

Surprisingly diverse career paths are open to the able economist—from the perhaps most obvious finance sector, through engineering and management consultancy, to the Civil Service and even high politics.

Economics A-level is demanding, requiring a combination of logical thinking and the ability to communicate with clarity. Students who do well usually have at least a B in Maths and English GCSE, and good passes in humanities subjects or the triple sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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