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Economics A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

A’ level Economics is split into four areas or themes. Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure, Theme 2: The UK economy –performance and policies, Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market and Theme 4: A global perspective. The course seeks to provide an insight into the working and machinations of the modern economy. This would include an understanding of fundamentals such as how markets work, economic policy, the problems facing the economy, economic issues (poverty and inequality, for example) economics of the firm and economic development.

Course content

Paper 1 - ‘A Level’ Exam 2 hours (35% of A level)
Markets and business behaviour - The nature of economics, how markets work, market failure and government intervention. Business growth and objectives, revenues, costs and profits, market structures, The labour market and government intervention.

Paper 2 - ‘A Level’ Exam 2 hours (35% of A level)
The National and Global Economy - Measures of economic performance, aggregate demand and aggregate supply economic growth and macroeconomic objectives and policy. International economics, poverty and inequality, emerging and developing economies, the financial sector, the role of the state in the macro economy.

Paper 3 - ‘A Level’ (30% of A level)
Microeconomics and macroeconomics - This general Paper will assess content across all sections of the course.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to attain at least a grade 6 in Mathematics at GCSE. Additionally they would be expected to secure at least a grade B in GCSE Business/Economics or a Grade B in any other Humanity subject if they study it as an option.


All three exams papers will be taken at the end of the two year course. A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed throughout the course. Students should expect to undertake some group work, make presentations (using PowerPoint) and research areas using the internet. Students should note that there is no coursework component within the A level.

Future opportunities

Economics is extremely well regarded by both universities and employers alike. Many of our students go on to read Economics (or closely related disciplines such as Business or management) at university, and students seeking a career in finance, banking, insurance, accounts or any ‘City’ profession (and many others besides) would be well advised to give the subject serious consideration. In short, Economics is both a prestigious and widely regarded qualification.

Further information

Economics combines well with any subject offered within the sixth form. It is an excellent ‘bridge’ between the arts and sciences and complements subjects such as Geography, History, Politics and Mathematics. Care should be taken by those students who wish to study both Economics and Business Studies; these students are advised to seek further guidance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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