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Economics AS & A Level at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School

Course description

Economists are needed to advise the government, banks and industry. These are the experts that analyse the economic conditions that affect business and consumers. It offers insight into the world of money and business with which many of us are familiar. Everyone takes part in economic activity as consumers, employees, tax-payers and voters. Young people ought to have an understanding of the economic system, and what is involved in buying and selling. People also need to know where their business stands in relation to the outside world. In all these cases a knowledge of Economics is extremely useful and relevant to people's lives. Indeed anyone who is interested in current affairs will be curious about Economics and what it has to offer. Students taking this subject are encouraged to read as widely as possible about contemporary economic issues.

Economics will examine different systems for running a country, comment on which is best and why the government needs to intervene in the running of the nation, for example, by providing universities or hospitals. How far the government should intervene is a source of much economic debate. In a range of real life situations, Economics tries to provide answers to the questions 'which is best?' and 'which is fair?' If you wish to know more, speak to one of our Economics staff.

Students will find that they are not expected to have studied the subject or Business Studies before and that the assessment approach will motivate them to work hard. The course requires students to interpret data, but it is not too mathematical.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE Grades A*- C in 5 subjects (including English)
  • Grade B in English Language and Maths


Paper 1: The operation of markets and market failure

  • Written exam: 1hr 30 mins
  • 70 marks
  • 50% of AS

Paper 2: The national economy in a global context

  • Written exam: 1hr 30 mins
  • 70 marks
  • 50% of AS

Future opportunities

The subject is highly valued by universities and employers when applying for a range of courses e.g. in law, business or management. It gives an excellent preparation for students intending to pursue economics at degree level, or for anyone considering a career with an economics angle.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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