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Economics AS & A Level at Coloma Convent Girls' School

Course description

  • Markets & Market Failure
    This provides an introduction to why economic choices have to be made; the market model; how markets can be efficient and also how they can fail (e.g. pollution); and what governments can do to correct market failure (e.g. pollution tax). New to the specification is the study of Behavioral Economics, an area of thinking that is growing fast and challenging older economic models that suggest consumers always act rationally.
  • The National Economy in a Global Context
    This unit provides an introduction to how the level of macroeconomic activity is determined and to key macroeconomic indicators (e.g. exchange rates), problems (e.g. unemployment) and policies (e.g. changing interest rates). Students will understand how economies interact with each other by trading, and the extent to which changes in the exchange rate affect performance. They will also gain an insight into how policy makers can influence economic activity and performance via the use of tools such as interest rates, government spending and taxation.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

The chosen pathway requirements and at least Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

Students must have the ability to grasp economic concepts and write fluently. They will also be expected to do extensive independent reading and varied research to support their studies. There will be an opportunity to participate in national competitions such as the Bank of England Target 2.0 Challenge.


AS examination

  • Unit 1 Markets and Market Failure
    50% of AS marks


  • Unit 2 The National Economy in a Global Context
    50% of AS marks

A level examination

  • Unit 1 Markets and Market Failure
    33% of A level marks
  • Unit 2 National & International Economy
    33% of A level marks
  • Unit 3 Economic Principles & Issues
    33% of A level marks

Further information

This A level has a linear specification

Awarding Body 2017-19

AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Economics
AQA Advanced GCE in Economics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coloma Convent Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2017
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