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A Level Economics at Queensmead School

Course description

This course will appeal to students who have an interest in exploring current issues. Students will develop an understanding of the way that Economics explains real-world phenomena, both in their everyday life, and in a global context. In lessons students will develop a 'tool kit' of the knowledge and skills used by economists.

A-level Economics at Queensmead helps students:

  •  Develop an interest and enthusiasm for economics and its contribution to the wider political and social environment.
  •  Develop an understanding of a range of concepts and acquire an ability to use these concepts in a variety of different contexts.
  •  Practice skills, qualities and attitudes which will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.
  •  Develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.
  •  Apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena.
  •  Analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.

Entry requirements

Seven A* - C grades including B grades in English and Maths (Business Studies helpful, but not essential at GCSE).


AS Level

UNIT 1: This unit provides an introduction to the nature of economics and examines how the prices determine supply and demand in the market. It analyses the nature of market failure, its causes and possible policy remedies.

UNIT 2: To understand the key measures of economic performance and the main objectives and instruments of economic policy. To understand why demand and/or supply side policies may be seen as appropriate ways of managing an economy To be able to predict the possible impact of such policies and to recognise the assumptions involved.

A2 Level

UNIT 3: To understand how the pricing and nature of competition between firms is affected by the number and size of market participants. To be capable of making an appraisal of government intervention aimed at promoting competitive markets.

UNIT 4: To understand the application, analysis and evaluation of economic models, as well as an ability to assess policies which might be used to deal with economic problems. An awareness of trends and developments in the global economy over the last 10 years is required.


Future opportunities

Students who take a course in Economics develop key skills that are applicable to all walks of life, but are especially useful for students looking to study Business or Economics related courses at University or students who are looking to begin work at 18.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

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