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Economics AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the workings of the UK economy. This course investigates how firms operate in different markets, the impact of economic activity on the environment and society as a whole.

Course content

This subject has been designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the following:

  • Develop economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life;
  • Select, interpret and use appropriate data from a range of sources;
  • Analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it;
  • Develop a critical approach to economic models and methods of enquiry;
  • Study the national and international economy. You will develop an understanding of the European Union, China and India and the impact they could have on our future;
  • Study the social and economic impact of globalisation.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


AS level Assessment:

  • Unit 1: Economic Principles
    Written examination: 1 hour
    15% of A-level and 37.5% of AS-level
  • Unit 2: Economics in Action
    Written examination: 2 hours
    25% of A-level and 62.5% of AS -level

A-level Assessment:

  • Unit 3 : Exploring Economic Behaviour
    Written examination: 2 hours
    30% of A Level
  • Unit 4: Evaluating Economic Models and Policies
    Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
    30% of A Level

Future opportunities

As we know from recent times, Economics is a challenging and relevant subject and it combines well with most subjects. The study of Economics is ideal for those who wish to pursue careers in business, accountancy, financial services, management and journalism.

Further information

The Economics department will support students to achieve their goals by using approaches to teaching which influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.