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Economics: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?
A level economists study both micro-economics (the study of individual markets) and macro-economics (the study of national and international markets). This includes an analysis of business economics, globalisation and the impact of government policies, as well as key economic theories. Students will learn to think like an economist, to be able to argue, analyse, explain and evaluate and to be able to come to a reasoned judgement on many of the most topical issues of the day.

Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts and demonstrate an awarenessof current economic events and policies. Whilst theoretical in parts, economics touches the gritty real worlds of inflation, unemployment, inequality, poverty, national debt and human behaviour.

Who does it suit?
This course is ideal for those who have a critical analysis approach to problem-solving and are interested in economic events and policies and how they impact on countries and individuals.

Course content

In the first year you will study:

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure (micro-economics):
Introduction to the nature of economics,how markets work, market failure and government intervention.

Theme 2: The UK economy - performance and policies (macro-economics):
Introduction to the UK economy, focussing on economic performance and macro-economic performance and macro-economic objectives and policies.

In the second year you will study:

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market (micro-economics):
Focuses on business economics and explores behaviour, market structures and the labour market.

Theme 4: A global perspective (macro-economics):
Considers a global perspective, including international economics, poverty and inequality, emerging economies and the financial sector.

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 6 hours of private study per week. 

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE Grade 5 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE Grade 5 Mathematics



Module 1:
What's assessed?

Markets and business behaviour (themes 1 and 3)

2 hours

% of A level?
35% of A level

Module 2:
What's assessed?

The national and global economy (themes 2 and 4)

2 hours

% of A level?
35% of A level

Module 3: 
What's assessed?

Macro-economics and micro-economics (themes 1 - 4)

2 hours

% of A level?
30% of A level


Future opportunities

A level Economics is often paired with Mathematics or the Sciences or with Humanities subjects such as Religious Studies, Geography or History. Students who study Economics go into a wide range of careers including accountancy, quantity surveying, journalism, banking and investment.

Further information

There will be the opportunity to take a tour of The Bank of England, and a visit to the Royal Economic Society Annual Public Lecture.

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: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Susanne Farrar
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 02083254630
    • Email address: