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Economics A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

You will learn microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, use theories and models to show an understanding of the behaviour of economic agents, and analyse and evaluate how these agents are affected by and respond to economic issues.

Course content

A Level Topics:

The operation of markets and market failure:

  • Economic methodology and the economic problem
  • Price determination in a competitive market
  • Production, costs and revenue
  • Competitive and concentrated markets
  • The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets.

The national economy:

  • The measurement of macroeconomic performance
  • How the macro economy works: the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts
  • Economic performance
  • Macroeconomic policy.

Individuals, firms, markets and market failure:

  • Individual economic decision making
  • Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
  • The labour market
  • The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality.

The national and international economy:

  • Financial markets and monetary policy
  • Fiscal policy and supply-side policies
  • The international economy

Assessment: The A Level has three, two hour written exams.
Paper 1: Markets and market failure: students answer two questions, Section A – students choose one context from a choice of two; Section B – students choose one context from a choice of three.
Paper 2: National and international economy: students answer questions, Section A – students choose one context from a choice of two; Section B - students choose one context from a choice of three.
Paper 3: Economic principles and issues: Section A- multiple choice; Section B – extended writing questions.

These 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 20% of the assessment.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in Maths and Grade B at GCSE in either Business Studies or Economics or Grade 6 in either English Language or English Litearture

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beths Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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