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Economics A Level at St Olave's Grammar School

Course description

In essence, Economics is a theoretical study of the ways open to a society to organise its production and distribution of goods and services – what to produce, how to produce it, in what quantities and at what price. Is this task best achieved by market forces or by some form of government intervention? How the economy is best managed when we consider economic objectives such as inflation, unemployment, economic growth, the exchange rate and the balance of payments. These are some of the questions asked in the AS level syllabus.

The full A-Level builds on this by studying Business behaviour, Financial Markets, economic policy, globalisation, and economic development.

It is also important to make clear what Economics is not. It is not Business Studies, Commerce or Accountancy; it is not a vocational subject, which will specifically prepare students for a career in the world of commerce.

Course content

A person who has studied Economics to either AS or A-Level:

  • Will have developed an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.
  • Will be able to apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real-world phenomena;
  • Will be able to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of the government within it;
  • Will be able to participate effectively in society as a citizen, producer and consumer.

Entry requirements

At least Grade 7 in both GCSE Maths and GCSE English either English Language or Literature accepted) is required by students wishing to study A-Level Economics.


Students are assessed using a combination of Multiple Choice, Data Response and Essay questions. Some themes contain context based multiple choice questions, testing knowledge and understanding. Data response involves using numerical information and applying it to the theory learned in class. Essay questions essay are also used as a form of assessment.

Future opportunities

Economics is relevant to a very wide range of careers including:

  • Financial/ Tax Advisor
  • Business Manager
  • Stock Exchange\ Commodity Dealer
  • Actuary
  • Marketing Manager
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Accountant
  • Solicitor
  • Advertising Executive
  • Retail Manager

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Olave's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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