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Economics AS/A-Level at St Aloysius RC College

Course description

From September 2015, A level Economics will be a linear qualification. This means that all examinations must be sat at the end of the course. From September 2015, AS level Economics will be a standalone qualification. This means that it cannot be used to contribute towards an A level Economics grade.

Course content

In Economics students apply economic theory to real-life business contexts to help them understand the complexities of the world around them.

Students also use data to help them analyse markets and economies, and how governments try to influence both. Student s use economic theory to explain events and develop an understanding of the strategies employed by businesses in responding to these events.

Business contexts are integrated throughout the course to provide a contextualised approach to economics, with less emphasis on abstract models and more emphasis on real-world case studies.

This demonstrates how economics can be used to understand the business world, and how the business world provides relevance and engagement to the study of economics.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE’s including a grade of B in English and Maths and a Business or Economics related subject

If the student does not have any GCSE experience of Economics or Business, then they will be expected to have a Minimum of 5 GCSE at grade B and above including a grade of B in English and Maths


The A level is structured into four themes with three externally assessed exams and the AS into two themes with two externally assessed exams.

A Level will be assessed at the end of  Year 13 - Three papers each comprising of 100 marks and 2 hours in duration.

AS Level will be assessed at the end of Year 12 - Two papers each comprising of 80 marks and 1hr 30 min hours in duration.

Future opportunities

Studying economics will help you develop transferable skills that will prepare you for studying at university or moving into the world of work. These include skills in data interpretation and essay writing. You will also develop commercial awareness.

Suitable higher education courses include economics degrees or degrees in applied  economics such as:

Environmental Economics, Labour Economics, Public sector Economics, Monetary Economics, Business economics, International business, Business and management, International Business, Economics and Finance Degree

Economics students can follow a wide range of careers in industry, commerce, finance and the civil service.

You might choose a career in the following fields:

1. Banking

2. Sales

3. Product management

4. General management

5. Marketing

6. Accountancy

7. Finance

8. Government Agencies

9. Financial Risk Analyst

10. Statistician

11. Investment analyst

 12. Economist

13. Actuary

14. Civil service

15. Diplomatic service


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Aloysius RC College directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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