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Economics A level at Sharnbrook Academy

Course description

Economics is about understanding the world we live in. Why can’t the government print more money to make us all richer? Will a minimum price for alcohol be effective? Why do new roads quickly become congested? 

The course is for people who have an interest in, and a desire to know about, how things work in the business, political and financial worlds.  People who want to know about management of the economy and making money, and people who are interested in making society fair and just.

Course content

The course is divided into 4 units which study the following areas.

Unit 1 – Introduction to Markets and Market Failure

Unit 2 – The UK Economy – Performance and Policies

Unit 3 – Business Behaviour and the Labour Market

Unit 4 – A Global Perspective

Entry requirements

All students must meet the minimum entry requirements which are:

  • a minimum of five GCSE passes at A* to C, plus mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.
  • ECDL or an equivalent IT course where studied. Please note that, where a student wishes to take at least one A level course and has level 2 BTEC qualifications, those level 2 BTEC qualifications can only count for up to a maximum of two of the required GCSE passes at A* to C, or mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.

In addition to the general entrance requirements, the department expects that these will include mathematics and English at Grade 5 or better, because the theories and concepts of the subject require strong analytical ability.


Three examinations at the end of the course, which include a mixture of multiple choice, data response and essay questions.

Financial information

Some additional costs for visits to conferences during the course. 

Future opportunities

There are far too many to mention here, but specifically related occupations would include finance, accountancy, sales and marketing, management consultancy and any other business or finance related activity.  Economics develops important skills and understanding as a preparation for a wide range of degree courses, and is seen as an approved course by the Russell Group of top universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sharnbrook Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017

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