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A Level Economics at Great Sankey High School

Course description

The course will begin with you stranded on a desert island. Should you collect coconuts or go fishing? From this sandy beginning we will construct the first of many models that explain our complex economy. This course will help you understand the ever changing economic environment. What was the ‘Credit Crunch’? Is the UK economy recovering? Was the Bank of England right to cut interest rates to the lowest for 300 years? Should governments control monopolies? You will study the economic theories that help to answer the above questions and many, many more. Students will also find out how to research, handle numerical and written data, and to communicate effectively. You will also get to invest £100,000 in a share trading competition.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Economics Principles

Unit 2- Exploring Economic Issues

A Level

Unit 1 - Economic Principles

Unit 2 –Exploring Economic Issues

Unit 3– Evaluating Economic Models and Policies.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to study this course and you will need to have achieved B grades in both English and Mathematics due to the nature of the course. You must have an analytical mind and enjoy using diagrams to help you understand complex economic problems. You must have a genuine interest in current affairs and have a desire to understand the world around you.


The AS qualification and the A Level are now standalone qualifications. You will have to complete a range of short answer, data response and essay questions.

Future opportunities

Economics is regarded by all universities as a highly academic A Level and a grade in Economics will be recognised by the most prestigious universities in the country. Studying Economics is good preparation for degrees in Accountancy, Business Studies, Geography, Law, History, Management and Politics as well as for continued study of economics itself.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Sankey High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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