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Economics AS Level at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description

The aim of the syllabus is to encourage students to:

Consider economic concepts and current issues that affect everyday life.
Select, interpret and use appropriate data from a range of sources.
Study economic choices, markets and the national and international economy.

Economics is about choice and the impact of our choices on each other. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. The economic way of thinking can help us make better choices. It is a dynamic subject which is all around us constantly. Current world events: the election of a new president, the Brexit vote, the General Election and the refugee crisis (to name but a few) have a huge impact on the
study of Economics.

Course content

How competitive markets work
Market Failure and Government Intervention
Economic Policy Objectives 
The Global Context

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths. Specific entry requirement: Grade 5 in Maths.


2 X 1.5 hour papers
3 sections each paper:
Multiple choice
Data response
One essay from a choice of two

Future opportunities

A high percentage of our A Level Economics students go on to study sole or joint honours Economics at university or finance/business related degrees. Students are advised that whilst GCSE Maths is required for A Level study of Economics, a majority of universities will also require A’ level Maths for a pure Economics degree. This is not a requirement for joint honours.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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