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Economics AS/A Level at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

Economics is one of the most popular ‘A’ level subjects. It is a lively, problem solving subject that is firmly rooted in the real world. The subject is related to politics and so an interest in current affairs is helpful. You will learn about a wide range of contemporary issues that our economy faces such as:

  • Why are women paid on average less than men in the UK?
  • What causes unemployment?
  • What kind of policies can reduce unemployment in the UK?
  • Why are taxes necessary?
  • What makes a good tax?
  • Are tax cuts always right?
  • Why are there rich and poor countries in the world economy?

We will provide you with insights into a whole range of interesting and topical issues that are frequently in the news headlines.You will learn economic principles to help you make sense of some complex and controversial issues.

Course content

At AS-Level students will cover a range of topics including:

The Operation of Markets and Market Failure
A microeconomic study into the way in which markets function and the purpose for an effectiveness of Government Intervention.

The National Economy in a Global Context
An introduction to the Macroeconomy, looking at a range of issues from Macroeconomic success measures to Government Macroeconomic policy.


At A-Level students will cover a range of topics including:

Individuals, Firms, Markets and Market Failure
A microeconomic study of different market structures, explanation for differences in wages and wealth in an economy, investigation in production for businesses and an examination of the labour market.

The National and International Economy
Developing a students knowledge of the Macroeconomic factors influencing an economy, including Globalisation and Financial Markets.

Entry requirements

B grade in Maths and English GCSE.


Economics at Hall Cross follows the AQA exam board, where the course consists of 4 modules of equal weighting taken over 2 years.

Many students will undertake the full 4 modules over 2 years to achieve an ‘A’ level qualification.

You have the option of stopping after the first year, having successfully completed 2 modules.This would give you an AS qualification.

All modules are examined externally in June each year. At AS-level there are two examinations each worth 50% of the final grade and at A-Level students will undertake three examinations each comprising 33.3% of their final grade. The examinations comprise a mixture of multiple choice questions and essay based, data response questions.

Future opportunities

A-Level Economics is highly valued by University admissions tutors and relates to degree study in a number of areas.

A significant number of Hall Cross Economics students go on to study Economics, Business Studies, Management and Accountancy courses at University.These courses have excellent graduate employment records.

In a recent survey, it was found that those people with a degree in Economics were the second highest earners in this country.

Further information

As an ever-evolving discipline, it is important that students follow developments within the Economy by following the news.

Students are also encouraged to attend regularly held revision sessions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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