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Economics (A Level) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

In this subject you will look at the fundamental forces which affect our lives, such as employment,

prices, international trade and poverty. Economists are often in healthy debate with each other over these issues. It is this controversy which makes Economics lively, interesting and relevant and which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgements and form your own opinions.

Course content

In the first year you will gain knowledge of both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Microeconomics will investigate demand and supply, the operation of the price mechanism and causes of market failure. Within the Macroeconomics element of the course, you will investigate developments in the UK economy and Government policies over the past fifteen years. You will also develop an initial understanding of how external events in the international economy – including Brexit – will affect the performance of the United Kingdom and vice versa. Within both aspects of Economics you will build knowledge of economic models and be able to apply these to current problems and issues as well as knowing their limitations when making sense of real world phenomena.

The second year builds on the knowledge gained from the first year with regards to Macroeconomics and Microeconomics as more detailed study is completed. Topics include the labour market, income distribution and poverty, financial markets and the international economy. As well as strengthening your ability to analyse economic issues and evaluate policy options, you will develop the skill of using data to make and justify your own economic decisions.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths.


Assessment will be by examinations at the end of the two years of study. Throughout the two years of study there will be internal assessments.

Future opportunities

Economics is a challenging but highly regarded subject and is an excellent subject to study if you are looking to apply to a Russell Group University. This course is also suitable for a wide range of careers: working as an economist, in banking, accountancy or any business related career.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 24 September 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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