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Economics (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

Everything from the latest figures for economic growth, the role of the government in providing health care, the price of a pint of milk, traffic congestion, the  behaviour of consumers and busunesses, the impact of business on the environment and global economic problems are all affected by economics. On this course you will gain understanding of the concepts behind these economic issues.

Course content

A Level Economics is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. You will build knowledge and understanding of core economic models and concepts in Themes 1 and 2, and then build on this and apply your knowledge to more complex concepts and models in Themes 3 and 4. You will need to apply your knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies. You will be encouraged to use an enquiring critical and thoughful approach to the study of economics and to develop the ability to think as an economist. You will study topics in microeconomics including: how markets work, the labour market, government intervention and business revenues, costs and profits and topics in macroeconomics including: ecominc growth, aggregate demand and aggregate supply, international economics, poverty and inequality and the role of the state in managing the economy. Economists explore all of these issues through the related theory and diagrams, which are then further applied to predict future behaviour and outcomes.

Entry requirements

College Entry to include GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above (please refer to the Entry Requirements section page 24 for further details).


100% Examination.

Future opportunities

Students will develop transferable skills that support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment. Students can progress from this qualification to studying economics at university. Alternatively, students may choose to study a Business Economics, Mathematical Economics or Business Degree. Students can progress to a wide range of careers ranging from finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, managment and constulancy, to becoming professional economists.

Further information

Economics is essential for employment in the Financial Services Sector.  When combined with Mathematics and Physics it can lead into engineering, combining with a Modern Foreign Language provides an excellent base for working abroad. The use of IT, the ability to use and apply abstract models, to analyse and evaluate information and theory make you good at problem solving - ideal preparation for life!

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: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: EC-AL

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