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Economics Edexcel AS Level at Kantor King Solomon High School

Course description

Clear and coherent structure – four engaging and up-to-date themes, assessed through three externally examined papers.

Supports progression – two microeconomic and two macroeconomic themes enables students to build on their knowledge and understanding as they progress through the course.

Thinking like an economist – students use economic models to help them understand the complexities of the world around them, and use data to help them explore markets and economies and how governments try and influence both.

Students are introduced to different perspectives, aspects of economic history and develop an understanding of economic issues.

Reflects developments in economics – the new specification content includes the financial sector and an introduction to behavioural economics, engaging students in current issues in economics.

Develops transferable skills for progression to higher education – students will develop a multitude of skills, including numeracy, communication and critical thinking in order to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.

Course content

  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject
  • appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment
  • develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist
  • understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life. 

Entry requirements

Minimum of 6 GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Mathematics with a grade B or above in the subjects to be studied.


Paper 1 Introduction to markets and market failure:

  • Questions drawn from Theme 1
  • 80 marks
  • 1.5 hours
  • 50%

Section A:

  • multiple-choice and short-answer questions

Section B:

  • one data response question broken down into a number of parts, each including one extended open response question (choice of one from two for extended open response questions) 


Paper 2 The UK economy - performance and policies:

  • Questions drawn from Theme 2
  • 80 marks
  • 1.5 hours
  • 50%

Section A: 

  • multiple-choice and short-answer questions

Section B:

  • one data response question broken down into a number of parts, each including one extended open response question (choice of one from two for extended open response questions)

Future opportunities

Students will develop transferable skills that both support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment, including quantitative and analytical analysis, forming and testing hypotheses, and commercial awareness. The development and application of quantitative skills prepare students for study of economics and related courses at university.

Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • Advanced GCE in Economics qualifications
  • higher education courses such as economics degrees with a focus on theory, or degrees in applied economics such as environmental economics, labour economics, public sector economics or monetary economics. Alternatively, students may choose to study a business economics, mathematical economics or business degree
  • a wide range of careers ranging from finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, management and consultancy, to becoming professional economists. 

Further information

AS and A level: key points AS and A level have been ‘decoupled’, which means that AS marks or grades do not count towards the full A level.

Students can still take AS exams at the end of Year 12 – but if they go on to do a full A level course, they will be assessed on the full content of that A level at the end of their study.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kantor King Solomon High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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