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Economics A Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

Economics provides answers to far reaching questions.  Why are developing countries suffering from debt?  Can global warming be prevented?  What will happen when the oil and gas reserves run out?  Should governments pay for health care?  How do we measure happiness?

You will discover how the scarce resources of the world can be shared out so that everyone obtains maximum benefit.  You will consider the working of Economics in the UK and globally. Economics is far from being a purely theoretical subject, having practical applications to many real world examples.  Much of the work will involve research and discussion of topical issues.

Course content

There are three units to this course. Details can be found in the Assessment section.

Entry requirements

A GCSE grade 6 or above in EnglishLiterature or Language plus a GCSE grade 7 in Mathematics is required for entry onto these course. Any student who wish to study Economics but who is not taking A level Mathematics must also study the Mathematics in Context (Core Maths).

An interest in current affairs, business and government would be advantageous, as would a willingness to participate in lessons and contribute to teamwork, together with the ability to use your own initiative and work independ ently in private study. You will require a reasonable level of numeracy and a good economist needs to be able to analyse economic data and to identify and explain trends using economic theory. You will need to develop the ability to think and analyse logically and to write good English.

In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades 9-6 (A*-B) including English Language and Mathematics.


There are three units to this course:

Microeconomics (33.33%) of A level: Written Examination - 2hrs - 80 marks
Microeconomics (33.33%) of A level: Written Examination - 2hrs - 80 marks

A combination of short answer questions (up to 4 marks) and extended response questions (80 to 25 marks). 20% of the marks assess quantitative skills.

Themes in Economics (33.33%) of A level: Written Examination  2 hrs - 80 marks
A series of 30 multiple choice questions plus short and extended response questions based on unseen theme (total of 50 marks).

Future opportunities

It is one thing to be aware of the issues; it is another to be able to present some concrete solutions. Economics will provide you with invaluable analytical and evaluation skills. No wonder the study of Economics is seen as an excellent foundation for higher education courses and for entry into the world of work.

Further information

If you wish to study at RGS, please apply directly to the school.

Application forms and further details can be found on the school website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2018
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