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Economics Edexcel AS Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required:
A passion for economics and a strong awareness of current affairs. A willingness to participate in teamwork, presentations and group research. A high level of literacy, numeracy and a working knowledge of ICT. 

Course content

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

  • Candidates will be introduced to microeconomics. They will be expected to understand basic microeconomic models and be able to apply them to real life examples, exploring current economic behaviour.

Theme 2: The UK economy -performance and policies

  • Students will be introduced to macroeconomics, how the membership of the EU affects UK economic policy, and be able to analyse commonly used economic data in a critical and informed manner. 

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry requirements:

GCSE graded As-B/9-6 in Mathematics, Economics or Business Studies.


Paper 1:
  • Written examination based on theme 1 (1 hr 30mins)
  • 50% of AS Level Marks

Paper 2:

  • Written examination based on theme 2 (1 hr 30mins)
  • 50% of AS Level Marks


Future opportunities

This qualification should enable students to progress to;
  • A straight economics degree with a focus on theory.
  • A degree in applied economics, such as environmental economics, labour economics, public sector economics or monetary economics.
  • A business and economics degree.
  •  Mathematical economics degree.
  • A specialist journalism or broadcast media opportunity.
Post-university employment rates for economists are among the highest for graduates. They are likely to find employment in finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, management and consultancy. Some become professional economists. 
Economics can also be combined with another subject as a joint degree or with other subjects for example politics, philosophy or history as a combined degree. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.