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Economics A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

For further information on all courses click here Subject Booklet

Course content

Course Content

Year 12

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

This theme focuses on microeconomic concepts. You will develop an understanding of:

● nature of economics

● how markets work

● market failure

● government intervention.

Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies

This theme focuses on macroeconomic concepts. You will develop an understanding of:

● measures of economic performance

aggregate demand

● aggregate supply

● national income

● economic growth

● macroeconomic objectives and  policy.

For Year 13 content and further details, see subject booklet as above.

Entry requirements

Entry Qualifications

Grade B in Economics or Business Studies. 

Grade 6 in Mathematics.

Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature.

May be taken at A level without prior study at GCSE*.



Paper 1: 2h written exam will assess microeconomics and questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 3.

100 marks (35% of total A level)

Paper 2: 2h written exam will assess macroeconomics and questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 4

100 marks (35% of total A level)

Paper 3: 2h written exam will assess content across all four themes.

Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding, make connections and transfer higher-order skills across all four themes.

100 marks (30% of total A level)

Extended Learning

Bank of England Target 2.0 Competition

Stock Market Challenges

Economics Activities Day

National Essay Competition

Study Trip to Paris/New York

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

A high percentage of Economics graduates enter employment immediately upon graduation, one third of these in the business and finance sectors.

Studying economics gives you many marketable skills that are applicable to several jobs, such as banking, government ministries, journalism, law, education and industry management.

Further information

Special Features

This subject can be applied to very many things in the ordinary business of life. It is about replacing assertion with argument and anecdote with analysis. Students enjoy this contemporary course and it is a subject valued by universities and employers.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks

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