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Economics (A Level) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

This is a wide-ranging course which will introduce you to many areas of economic thought, including:

  • Methods and costs of production
  • The functions of money
  • The economic role of the government
  • Trade Unions
  • Output and price determination
  • The role of investment
  • Interest rates and the role of the banks
  • Living standards
  • Environmental economics
  • The European Union
  • Inflation, unemployment and economic growth
  • The contrast between developing and advanced economies

The full A Level (studied over two years) comprises:

  • Paper 1 - Markets and Market Failure (Micro-economics) - a 2 hour examination consisting of data response and essay questions with a choice of questions in each part - worth 33.3% of the total A Level mark.
  • Paper 2 - The National and International Economy (Macro-economics) - a 2 hour examination consisting of data response and essay questions with a choice of questions in each part - worth 33.3% of the total A Level mark.
  • Paper 3 - Economic Principles and Issues - a 2 hour examination based on all the course content and consisting of multiple choice and case study questions - worth 33.3% of the total A Level mark.

Course content

The study of micro-economics covers:

  • the economic problem and economic methodology;
  • economic decision-making (traditional and behavioural theories);
  • price determination;
  • types of markets;
  • production, costs and revenue;
  • how markets work;
  • the labour market;
  • market failure and Government intervention;
  • income and wealth distribution, inequality and poverty.

The study of macro-economics covers:

  • economic performance and its measurement;
  • the working of the economy;
  • economic policy, in particular monetary, fiscal and supply-side policies;
  • financial markets;
  • the international economy.

Entry requirements

Students applying for a place on this course must be entered for the Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics paper and must achieve at least a grade C.  Grade B or above is preferable.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare foe higher education in areas of Economics, Business Studies, Accounting, Marketing or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to economics, business, marketing, finance and accounting, human resources and public relations. You could also look at doing a trainee management course within a business to gain the skills, understanding and experience that they require so you can progress to working at management level.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 16 July 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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