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Economics A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School

Course description

The Economics A-level explores the use of economic models and theories that will enable you to analyse and evaluate contemporary issues and situations, both nationally and internationally. The course content is designed to engage students through topics and issues that are relevant in today‘s society – you will study key contemporary developments such as globalisation, the EU and inequalities in labour markets.

Course content

Individuals, firms, markets and market failure

  • Price determination in a competitive market
  • Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
  • The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality
  • The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets

The national and international economy

  • The measurement of macroeconomic performance
  • Financial markets and monetary policy
  • The international economy

Entry requirements

Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

A grade A* or A in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

There are three papers at A-level. The question papers use a variety of assessment styles including multiple choice, short answer, data response, essay and case studies.

Paper 1 Markets and market failure

  • Section A: data response questions requiring written answers, choice of one from two contexts
  • Section B: essay questions requiring written answers, choice of one from three

Paper 2 National and international economy

  • Section A: data response questions requiring written answers, choice of one from two contexts
  • Section B: essay questions requiring written answers, choice of one from three

Paper 3 Economic principles and issues (covering all course content)

  • Section A: multiple choice questions
  • Section B: case study questions requiring written answers

Future opportunities

Economics A-level is a well-respected qualification because of the skills that it teaches. If it is your intention to study pure Economics at university then A-level mathematics is essential. Economics A-level would be an advantage to someone considering entering the financial sector, business or the civil service. It is equally a desirable qualification for many other careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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