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Economics A level at Nower Hill High School

Course description

The course would suit anyone with an interest in global economic issues or current affairs or indeed anyone simply with a desire to understand how an economy is managed. Particularly useful for students going on to a related degree course.

You will develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories through consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. You will learn how to apply theories and concepts in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena. You will be taught how to analyse and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role intervention by the Government.

Course content

AS Level:

  • Paper 1 Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
  • Paper 2: The UK Economy – Performance and Policies

A Level:

  • Paper 1 Markets and Business Behaviour
  • Paper 2 The National and Global Economy
  • Paper 3 Microeconomics and Macroeconomics

Entry requirements

Maths GCSE at Grade B or above and students are required to study AS Maths as the specification now explicitly requires responses to include an element of quantitative skill. Students are also required to have achieved at least a Grade B at GCSE English, in order to prepare them adequately for the essay writing involved.


  • At AS Level there are 2 written exams. Both are 1.5 hours in length.
  • At A Level there are 3 written exams. All are 2 hours in length.

Future opportunities

Economics provides an excellent foundation for professional careers and higher education courses in business, banking, finance, accountancy, law, insurance, marketing and politics.

Further information

What equipment or materials will I need?

Textbooks, stationery, journals, subject folders.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years