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Economics AS & A Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College

Course description

Economics includes the study of how people behave and interact with each other. The dynamics between consumers, manufacturers and government makes Economics a vibrant, relevant topic. You will develop your quantitative, analytical, evaluative and communication skills, making this an ideal complement to other A Level subjects.

Course content

You will acquire knowledge and understanding of a selection of microeconomic models and be able to apply these to current problems and issues. You should be able to apply your knowledge and skills to a wide variety of situations and to different markets and examples of market failure, including environmental market failures such as global warming.

You will be required to acquire knowledge and understanding of Aggregate Demand and Supply analysis and will use this analysis to explore recent and current economic behaviour.

You will gain a good knowledge of developments in the UK economy and government policies over the past fifteen years. You will study developments in the world economy, including the European Union, and how these have affected the UK.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is that a student must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English at grade B and Maths at grade B.


A Level Exams:

  • Paper 1: Markets and market failure
  • Paper 2: The national economy in a global context
  • Paper 3: Economic principles and issues Three 2 hour exams in Year 13.

A mixture of multiple choice, data response and essay questions. 100% examination.

Future opportunities

Economists are employed in a range of posts. Obviously there is teaching economics and working as an economist either in the public sector or for a leading company but economists also work in many other sectors. It is also great preparation for a career in law, accountancy and management. In all these settings, employers value economics students’ understanding of decision-making, their research and analytical skills, and their experience of viewing problems from different perspectives.

Possible careers include:

  • Economics
  • Applied Economics
  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Banking and Finance
  • Economics and Politics
  • Business Management
  • International Relations
  • Business Law
  • Economic History
  • Economics with Mathematics
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Social Studies

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2016
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