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Economics A Level at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Course description

Economics gives students the chance to understand the systems of the world around them, and to understand how decisions are made on an individual, firm and government level.

We expect our economics students to possess a genuine interest in current affairs, problem solving skills, skills of critical evaluation, ability to grasp and explain real world events, be able to construct lucid technical arguments, and competence in handling statistics.

Course content

Year 12:

Markets and Market Failure (microeconomics)

The National Economy (macroeconomics)


Year 13:

The labour market, individual decision making and the theory of the firm (microeconomics)

The international economy and trade (macroeconomics)

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Business or another humanities subject and a grade 6 in Maths


There is no coursework associated with this course. Students are assessed through three exams at the end of Year 13



Paper 1:

Markets and Market Failure


Paper 2:

National and International Economy


Paper 3:

Economic Principles and Issues


Future opportunities

  • Through the subjects’ very nature, students will develop an understanding of the world of work. Students study the application process for jobs, the importance of the interview and workforce planning. They understand the changing dynamics of the labour market and how they can best plan for their future careers from this.
  • Strong links with AXA-PPP, who have hosted enterprise days with the help of Year 12 students.
  • University and personal statement support
  • Enterprise education delivered by the department through drop-down days and Young Enterprise.
  • Statistically students who continue to study economics at degree level will attract the greatest earning premiums of all courses (BBL, 2018)

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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