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Business & Economics A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College

Course description

What is this course about?

Over the two years you will be given the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the contribution of Economics to the wider economic and social environment. The main focus is applying economic concepts to real life and applying appropriate quantitative skills to a context.

A level Economics is an exam focussed course, which will follow the newly developed specification for first teaching in September 2015. The AS levels will be stand-alone qualifications and no longer contribute to the overall A level grade. Their purpose will be to encourage understanding and breadth and then to be built on in the second year.

Course content

What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?

AS levels will be stand-alone qualifications and will no longer contribute to an A level grade. The new A levels are fully linear with students sitting their exams at the end of the two years. There is an option to take the AS levels in the first year but they will just provide scope for the second year and not contribute to the overall grade.

Theme 1 Introduction to Markets

Theme 2 The UK economy 23 24 Both papers are worth 50% each of the overall AS level.

Theme 3 Business Behaviour

Theme 4 A Global Perspective

The A level consists of 3 papers which are all two hours long:

  • Paper 1 - 35% overall A level
  • Paper 2 - 35% overall A level
  • Paper 3 - 30% overall A level

Entry requirements

What do I need to get on to this course?

You will need 5 A-C* grades at GCSE (including English) and B grade in GCSE Business Studies and Mathematics. We will consider students that have not done GCSE Business Studies but a B grade at Mathematics is vital.

Future opportunities

What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead?

The topics we study will be extremely useful for students intending to pursue careers in any area o business or economics. A level Economics also provides the foundation for further study of business and economics related subjects in higher education, i.e. banking or finance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Chalfonts Community College directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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