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Economics A Level at Acton High School

Course description

Economics is never out of the news at the moment and studying AS/A Level Economics will enable students to gain a knowledge and understanding of how national and international economies function (or fail!). At AS Level, students will study microeconomics including current hot topics the housing market, national debt and market failure. At A2 the course has a more international flavour where students will learn how macroeconomic phenomenon such as Credit Crunches and Sovereign debt crisis' play a part in their everyday lives.

Course content

AS Level

Paper 1, 50% of AS (1 hour 30 minutes)

Written examination on the operation of markets and market failure. Section A: 20 multiple choice questions (20 marks). Section B: data response questions requiring written answers, choice from two contexts (50 marks).

Paper 2, 50% of AS (1 hour 30 minutes)

Written examination on the national economy in a global context. Section A: 20 multiple choice questions (20 marks). Section B: data response questions requiring written answers, choice from two contexts (50 marks).

A Level

Paper 1, 33.3% of A Level (2 hours)

Written examination on markets and market failure. Section A: data response questions requiring written answers, choice from two contexts (40 marks). Section B: essay questions requiring written answers, choice of one from three (40 marks).

Paper 2, 33.3% of A Level (2 hours)

Written examination on national and international economy. Section A: data response questions requiring written answers, choice from two contexts (40 marks). Section B: essay questions requiring written answers, choice of one from three (40 marks).

Paper 3, 33.3% of A Level (2 hours)

Written examination on economic principles and issues. Section A: multiple choice questions (30 marks). Section B: case study questions requiring written answers (50 marks).

Entry requirements

GCSE Mathematics or GCSE Business at Grade C or above.

Future opportunities

Economics opens a wide range of opportunities for students, some are obvious and some not so much. Careers such as banking, accountancy, insurance and trading are commonly undertaken by people with Economics qualifications. A number of high profile politicians have a background in Economics including Gordon Brown and Vince Cable.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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