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Economics A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Economics

A Level

AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics

Skills that will be developed:

The ability to analyse economic data, to interpret graphs and tables, identify trends and explain these using economic theory. The ability to see how one policy may affect other parts e.g. low inflati­on on employment. Economics is a strong investigative tool and will provide students with a strong foundation in critical thinking that employers will reward.

What will you learn?

Economics teaches students to think logically and to use theories to understand how economies operate. At the centre of the subject is the question of how we divide up our scarce resources and how decisions resulting from this affect us all - in other words, who gets what and why? This means studying the private sector and effects of competition and comparing this with the public sector provision. The macroeconomic part of the course is what most people associate with economics. This includes economic growth, inflation, unemployment and international trade, and the difficulties that UK Governments face when they attempt to steer the economy in their chosen direction. Economics is also about so much more than just the economy. Economists now study all areas of life including defence, child poverty, climate change, sport, tourism, happiness and well­being. It therefore studies all of society and the activities of various groups and institutions within it.

Economics A level from 2015 consists of three papers, Paper 1 (Markets and market failure) Paper 2 (The National and international economy) Paper 3 (Economic principles and issues).

Typical questions asked: Should students pay for their University Education? Is the Credit Crunch a rerun of the Great Depression of 1929? What will be the consequences of the Credit Crunch for UK Economic Performance?

Entry Requirements:

You must achieve a grade 6 or better in Maths GCSE

 

What happens when you have finished?

What other learning could you do: Economics will combine well with most other A level subjects including other social sciences, humanities and maths. Economics will provide a firm foundation for the study of many courses at degree level, including finance and accountancy, management and business courses. It is highly recommended that Economics is combined with AS or A2 Mathematics to ensure full availability of Economics courses at degree level.

Career Information: Economics gives opportunities for careers in both the public and the private sector, in the UK and abroad. Jobs include working in the civil service, local government, banking, accountancy and management. Economists are also found in many other areas including manufac­turing, systems analysis and computer science

Future Opportunities

Economics gives opportunities for careers in both the public and the private sector, in the UK and abroad. Jobs include working in the civil service, local government, banking, accountancy and management. Economists are also found in many other areas including manufacturing, systems analysis and computer science. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Economics and Business Studies, which could lead onto 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 go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that could help you do a trainee management course within a company to gain the skills, understanding and experience that they require so you can progress to working at management level. 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. Economics will combine well with most other A level subjects including other social sciences, humanities and maths. Economics will provide a firm foundation for the study of many courses at degree level, including finance and accountancy, management and business courses. It is highly recommended that Economics is combined with A or AS Maths to ensure full availability of economics courses at degree level.



 

Entry requirements

You must achieve a grade 6 or higher in Mathematics GCSE

Financial information

There will be a charge for trips and visits etc.

Future opportunities

Economics gives opportunities for careers in both the public and the private sector, in the UK and abroad. Jobs include working in the civil service , local government, banking , accountancy and management. Economists are also found in many other areas icluding manufacturing, systems analysis and computer science.You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Economics and Business Studies, which could lead onto 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 go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that could help you do a trainee management course within a company to gain the skills, understanding and experience that they require so you can progress to working at management level. 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. Economics will combine well with most other A level subjects including other social sciences, humanities and maths. Economics will provide a firm foundation for the study of many courses at degree level, including finance and accountancy, management and business courses. It is highly recommeneded that Economics is combined with A or AS Maths to ensure full availability of economics courses at degree level.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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