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Blessed William Howard Catholic High School Economics A Level AQA (Block A) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

Economics has become high profile. The credit crunch, bankers’ bonuses and fears of a Euro meltdown are just three topics rarely out of the news in recent years, throwing a light on the importance of and divisions within the discipline. The new AS and A-level specifications catch the wave of this renewed interest in the subject with topics that will interest and intrigue students.

Course content

AS and A-level Economics now have new assessment objectives, which are:


1. Demonstrate knowledge of terms, concepts, theories and models to show an understanding of the behaviour of economic agents and how they are affected by and respond to economic issues.

2. Apply knowledge and understanding to various economic contexts to show how economic agents are affected by and respond to economic issues.

3. Analyse issues within economics, showing an understanding of their impact on economic agents.

4. Evaluate economic arguments and qualitative and quantitative evidence to support informed judgments relating to economic issues.


Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).



Paper 1 The Operation of Markets and Market Failure (50% of AS mark)

Paper 2 The National Economy in a Global Context (50% of AS mark)



Paper 1 Markets and Market Failure (33.3% of A Level)

Paper 2 The National and International Economy (33.3% of A Level)

Paper 3 Economic Principles and Issues (33.3% of A Level)

Financial information

Textbooks are provided although students are encouraged to purchase a revision guide and subscribe to the Economist at a discounted price. In addition, reading a quality newspaper is recommended in order to keep up with current affairs.

Future opportunities

Students who have a particular interest in Economics and especially those hoping to pursue a career in Accountancy, Banking, Business Studies, Industry, Financial Services, Law, Management and the Civil Service.  The study of Economics along with a Language, Geography, History, English, a Science and/or Maths is a popular combination.

Further information

Both specifications will assess students’ quantitative skills applied in the context of economics. This will include an understanding and application of ratios, fractions, percentages, revenue and profit and other factors, tested across the assessment objectives. At A-level this forms a minimum of 20% of the assessment, and a minimum of 15% at AS.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12ABwEC1