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Economics A Level at Congleton High School

Course description

Does the question ‘Why?’ interest you? Do you have an inquiring mind and want to know why businesses and governments make the decisions they do? Do you hear people complaining about the cost of things, that they aren’t like they used to be? Do you want to be able to explain why to them? Do you want a qualification that is highly respected and valued by employers and universities? If so, then Economics is the subject for you!

Studying Economics will help you to develop a strong vocabulary, excellent evaluative skills, effective research skills and the ability to write efficiently, analysing and solving complex economic problems. The course encourages you to develop the skills necessary to analyse and solve problems by applying rules and the ability to communicate opinions and conclusions clearly and succinctly. It will help you substantiate arguments and to develop an enquiring and critical mind.

Course content

Unit 1 Individuals, firms, markets and market failure
- individual economic decision making
- perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
- the labour market
- the distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality.

Unit 2 The national and international economy
- financial markets and monetary policy
- fiscal policy and supply-side policies
- the international economy

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge of Economics or Business is required. The course involves a great deal of analysis of data. It is therefore highly recommended that you have attained at least a Grade B in Maths. An enquiring mind and a determination to work hard will also be useful!


Teaching will involve a variety of methods including group work, class discussions, role plays and individual research. Economics is one of the most up-to-date and topical subjects you can study and so you need to be able to keep pace with current affairs through the use of newspapers, TV and the Internet.

Assessment will take place through written examinations for the A level.

Future opportunities

As such, A Level Economics provides an excellent background for many University courses and for careers, not only in Economics, but also in Journalism, Broadcasting, Local and Central Government, Public Relations, a range of Management and Commercial areas, Law, Politics and Finance.

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College. It links particularly well with English, Business Studies, Maths, Law and History. However, the skills developed will complement virtually any subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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