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Economics A - A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

Economics is a popular university subject of study, either as the main subject or as part of many courses. Economics seeks to answer the questions :




It is a highly regarded A Level requiring strong analytical skills and enthusiasm for a debate. Many of the top 200 UK companies employ Economists to help formulate business strategy. Successful Economics graduates are, in general, highly paid and have careers in Business, Banking, The City, Law, Insurance and Risk Analysis.

The aim is for the students to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject. In addition to appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment: 

  • To develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts.
  • To use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist.
  • To understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives.
  • To 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.

Course content

At A Level in Economics the qualification is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

Students develop knowledge and understanding of core economic models and concepts in the two themes. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessment and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies. 

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

This theme focuses on microeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • nature of economics
  • how markets work
  • market failure
  • government intervention


Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies 

This theme focuses on macroeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • measures of economic performance
  • aggregate demand
  • aggregate supply
  • national income
  • economic growth
  • macroeconomic objectives and policy


Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market

This theme develops the microeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 1 and focuses on business economics. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • business growth
  • business objectives
  • revenues, costs and profits
  • market structures
  • labour market
  • government intervention


Theme 4: A global perspective

This theme develops the macroeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 2 and applies these concepts in a global context. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • international economics
  • poverty and inequality
  • emerging and developing economies 
  • the financial sector
  • role and state in the macroeconomy

Entry requirements

To take this course students must have obtained at least a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Mathematics and English as well as an APS of 4.5 or above.


Paper 1 - Markets and business behaviour, questions drawn from Theme 1 and Theme 3

Paper 2  - The national and global economy, questions drawn from Theme 2 and Theme 4

Paper 3 -  Microeconomics and macroeconomics, questions drawn from all themes 

Future opportunities

As Economics is a Social Science it complements and adds to other subjects such as Business, Politics and Philosophy

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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