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Economics A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure – focuses on microeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Nature of economics
  • How markets work
  • Market failure
  • Government intervention.

Theme 2: The UK economy –performance and policies - focuses on macroeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Measures of economic performance
  • Aggregate demand
  • Aggregate supply
  • National income
  • Economic growth
  • Macroeconomic objectives and policy.

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market - This theme develops the microeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 1 and focuses on business economics.
Students will develop an understanding of:

  • Business growth
  • Business objectives
  • Revenues, costs and profits
  • Market structures
  • Labour market
  • Government intervention.

Theme 4: A global perspective - This theme develops the macroeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 2 and applies these concepts in a global context. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • International economics
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Emerging and developing economies
  • The financial sector
  • The role of the state in the macro economy.


  • Paper 1: Markets and business behaviour - 35%
  • Paper 2: The national and global economy – 35%
  • Paper 3: Microeconomics and macroeconomics – 30%

Future opportunities

Economics is highly regarded by employers, leading to a wide variety of professions in industry, commerce and the public service sector which command the higher salaries and better prospects. Concerning higher education institutions, Economics A’ Level is an excellent lead-in to a degree in Economics, which is often combined with Politics, Business, Accounting, or a language.

Further information

In order to be a successful Economics student the reading of newspapers and economic journals is essential. Students will have to bring into exam answers information / evidence they have read in the press

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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      Working with our colleagues as part of the Southern Consortium, sixth form subject staff are well qualified to teach A level and vocational courses and excel in bringing out the best in all the students they work with. They are dedicated to working hard and providing a high level of professional teaching. There are staff responsible for the mentoring and care of students through a tutor group system and a range of opportunities for one-to-one guidance and support.

      We want our students to feel happy, secure and enjoy coming to school. We are committed to forming positive relationships with parents and keeping them informed of students’ targets and progress.  Alongside our extensive range of A level courses we also offer practical, work-related courses. There are opportunities for community service, young enterprise, sport, music, drama, university visits, careers advice and plenty of social events. We provide a programme of academic events for students to improve their study skills, chances of getting to university and self-confidence.

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      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.