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Economics A Level at Roundwood Park School

Course description

Economics is a fascinating subject because it includes the study of how people behave and interact with each other and is present in every aspect of our daily lives.

In year 12, students focus on both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Microeconomics addresses issues such as: “Why are house prices so high?”, “Can pollution effectively be controlled?” and “Should governments interfere with markets?”

The macroeconomic issues covered include: “Why does the Government have an inflation rate target and how does it affect us?”, “What happens to the economy if people decide to spend more?” and “How are we affected by the Chinese and Indian economies?”

In year 13, students build on micro and macro knowledge and study another two key topics. Firstly, ‘The Global Context’ includes the impact of globalisation on UK economic performance. Secondly, ‘The European Union Context’ includes the effects of EU membership and economic policies on the UK economy.

There are two exams each year and are a mix of short answer and longer, essay style questions. Each counts for 25% of the total A-level.

Economics is a versatile subject that can lead to a number of careers. Not only could students find themselves working for big corporations, banks or the government but a qualification in economics could also be valuable support in a career like marketing, law, journalism or academic research.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C or above, with B grades in relevant subjects (including English Language at grade B) for any advanced level course, including traditional A levels, Applied A levels and Advanced Vocational Awards. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Roundwood Park School directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years