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A Level Economics at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

Economis is a traditional, academic A level subject  whee students are required to develop a deep theoretical understanding of Economic models and through sophisticated analysis apply these to current domestic and world situations. The teaching reflects this consisting of theory teaching, individual and group research and a lot of class debate. Economics is a continually changing subject so students need to keep up-to-date with current affairs, and will enjoy reading around the subject.




Course content

In the first year, two modules examine Micro Economics; - the behaviour of individuals, firms, markets, their failure and government intervention in them.

The second module introduces Macro Economic models and issues; such as the determination and measurement of GDP, inflation, exchange rates , and unemployment. In the A2 year another micro economics unit is covered examining the behaviour of businesses is examined more closely by looking at different market structures and the nature of the labour market. The macro economics unit in Year 13 concerns the role of international trade, poverty and inequality in a global economy and the role of the financial sector.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5/6 English and Maths.

  • Possess good written, essay, research and numerical skills
  • Be interested in current affairs and enjoy reading around the subject



The A Level qualification is assessed through 3 exams at the end of Year 13; each is 2 hours in length

Paper 1 Markets and business behaviour (35%) - covering the Macroeconomics Units from Year 12 and Year 13

Paper 2 National & Global Economics - will cover the Year 12 & Year 13 Macro economics units and will be worth 35% of the final grade

Paper 3 will cover the Micro and Macro economics units from Year 12 and 13 and will be worth 30% of the final grade.




Financial information

Text book x 2 each year £16 each, calculator £5 and graph drawing equipment.

Future opportunities

Economics is a prestigious and academically demanding subject that will equip students with a set of transferable skills, which can be applied successfully to a range of academic subjects. It is excellent preparation for higher education and good grounding for a career in Law, Accountancy, Economics, Financial Economics, Marketing, Management, Banking, Business, Local and Town Planning, Financial Services, Insurance, Teaching, Journalism and many more.

Further information

For further details or guidance speak to Mr James or any member of the Economics & Business Studies Team

Telephone Boston Spa Sixth Form to make an appointment on 01937 846612


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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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