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Economics A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

Students acquire knowledge and understanding of core economic models and
concepts in Themes 1 and 2, and then build on this and apply their knowledge to more
complex concepts and models in Themes 3 and 4.
Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and
unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current
economic events and policies.

Course content

Theme 1 – Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
Theme 2 – The UK Economy – Performance and Policies
Theme 3 – Business Behaviour and the Labour Market
Theme 4 – A Global Perspective

Entry requirements

It is not a requirement that you should have studied Economics at GCSE in order to take
this course. However, if you have done so, you must achieve a Grade B or above in
Economics before being accepted onto the course. A grade 6 or above in Maths and
English is also required.


3 externally assessed exams at the end of year 13 each 2 hours in length. A minimum
of 20% of each paper will be assessed through quantitative skills.
Paper 1 – Markets and Business Behaviour
Paper 2 – National and Global Economy
Paper 3 – Micro and Macro Economics

Financial information

Text Book (optional) £37.00 approx.
Revision guide for each theme £6.00 each approx.

Future opportunities

Studying Economics at A Level offers the opportunity to study at a higher level and
provides a grounding to specialise in a range of economic related areas such as
International Economics, Econometrics, Business Economics as well as combining the
subject with various languages or new subjects such as Politics or Sociology. Students
can acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to go straight into a range of
employment opportunities where the study of this academic subject is highly valued.

Further information

Students require an interest in current affairs and a willingness to explore new ideas.
The course combines well with most other subjects and provides an appropriate entry
qualification for both higher education and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

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