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Economics A2 level at Wren Academy

Course description

Economics is a social science which can fit well with students taking maths and science subjects as well as those studying humanities. Typical questions we attempt to answer include: “Why are house prices so high?”, “How do interest rate changes affect the economy?”, “Are monopolies good?” “Why did the credit crunch happen?”, and “Why do some countries grow much faster than others?”

The course concentrates on the key skills of:

  • Research
  • Data analysis
  • Reasoning
  • Judgment and evaluation

Course content

  • Theme 1 Introduction to markets and market failure.
  • Theme 2 The UK economy: performance and policies.
  • Theme 3 Business behaviour and the labour market.
  • Theme 4 A global perspective.

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a B grade in maths, English and, if they have studied it, a B grade in business studies. There is no requirement to have taken business or economics at GCSE.

Assessment

AS exams (taken at the end of Year 12)

2 x 90 minute exams

  • Paper 1 covers Theme 1, 50% of AS grade
  • Paper 2 covers Theme 2, 50% of AS grade

There is no coursework

A Level exam (taken at the end of Year 13)

3 x 120 minute exams

  • Paper 1 covers markets and business behaviour (Themes 1 & 3), 35% of A level grade
  • Paper 2 covers the national and global economy (Themes 2 & 4), 35% of A level grade
  • Paper 3 covers both micro and macroeconomics (Themes 1,2,3, & 4), 30% of A level grade

There is no coursework

Future opportunities

The subject is well regarded by universities and enables progression into a wide range of courses including: history, geography, law, politics, economics and mathematics. Related careers could include: accountancy, actuary, banking, business, finance and journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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