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Economics WJEC A Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

Economics A level combines microeconomic and macroeconomic content. Learners will develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories by looking at current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life, drawing on local, national and global contexts

Course content

Learning Method:
Economics is taught through a variety of methods. Group work and discussion tasks are used to help develop understanding of new topics. Clear examples are used and teachers have developed strong resources which allow students to maximise their learning. Time is spent understanding and preparing for the demands of the examination.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade GCSEs at grade C or above, a grade B in Maths is essential.


Unit 1: Introduction to Economic Principles - 1 hour examination (40% of AS).
Unit 2: Exploring Economic Issues:- 2 hour examination (60% of AS).
A Level
Unit 1 - Economic principles. 1.5 hour examination (30% of A level)
• Section A: 20 Multiple Choice Questions covering micro and macro (20 marks)
• Section B: Series of six data response Questions carrying 6, 4, 8, 6, 8 and 8 marks (40 marks)
Unit 2 - Exploring economic behaviour. 2.5hour examination (30% of A level)
• Section A: 5 part data response question (micro) carrying 2, 6, 8, 12 and 12 marks (40)
• Section B: (macro) five part / 6 question data response carrying 2, 2, 6, 8, 10 and 12 marks (40)
Unit 3 - Evaluating economic models and policies. 2.5hour examination (40% of A level)
• Answer one question from Section A – Microeconomics
• Answer one question from Section B - Macroeconomics
• Answer one question from Section C - Trade and Development
Each section has a choice of 2 two-part essay questions which carry 10 and 20 marks respectively.

Future opportunities

The specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of economics or a related area in a range of higher education courses. Students who have combined economics with a range of other A levels have progressed to a wide range of university courses and employment destinations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 September 2016

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