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Economics AS/A2 Level at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

Have you seen the news lately?  We are bombarded every day with conflicting statistics from politicians and economists arguing about the latest economic problems. 

In simple terms, Economics is concerned with scarcity and choice.  The subject matter is divided into two interlocking parts, Micro and Macro, the former concentrating on individual markets and the latter on the whole economy.

In the first year you will study the ‘Operation of Markets and Market Failure’ and ‘The National Economy in a Global Context’.

In the second year you will be studying for 3 examination papers and they are entitled, ‘Markets and Market Failure’, ‘The National and International Economy’ and ‘Economic Principles and Issues’.

Entry requirements

Along with the school’s minimum entry requirements, you will be expected to attain at least a grade C in GCSE Mathematics and a grade B in GCSE English or Humanities.  Essay writing and the examination of statistics are common themes in Economics.  It is not necessary to have experience of GCSE Economics to start this A Level.


It has been said that the examination questions do not change from year to year but the answers do!  To some extent this is true, because policies, tools, aims and priorities do change over time and this is reflected in the examination.

he exam papers consist of a mixture of multiple choice questions and opportunities for extended writing with essay questions alongside data response and a case study question.  You will also have termly assessments and internal examinations throughout the course.

Future opportunities

Many students have gone on to study Economics at University either as an Arts or Science based Degree.

Further information

Most obviously with other Social Science subjects such as Sociology, Psychology and Government and Politics, but also with History, Geography and Business Studies. Many students study it alongside Mathematics, Sciences and Modern Languages.

Many students have gone on to study Economics at University either as an Arts or Science based Degree.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years