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Economics A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Northampton High School

Course description

Events such as the credit crunch and euro zone debt crisis have only served to highlight the huge impact of Economics on our lives today. This subject helps to answer big questions like how do you manage the earth’s limited resources efficiently to meet the infinite needs and wants of everyone on the planet and how do we determine the price of a good or service? You will learn about “market forces”, why they don’t necessarily work and the role of government in correcting market failure. Students are encouraged to take a real-life perspective, follow economic events, question economic policies and develop independent thought.

The course will appeal if you are looking for a new challenge at A level, have an interest in current affairs, want a subject that combines well with both Arts and Sciences and enjoy studying something that is relevant to everyday life.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements but it helps if you have reasonable literacy skills and are not afraid of numbers.


100% examination.
Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies. Three examination papers will be taken at the end of the second year. These relate to the following: Paper 1: Markets & Business Behaviour, Paper 2: The National & Global Economy and Paper 3: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. xam papers will comprise of a range of multiple choice, shortanswer, data response and open-ended ‘essay’ style questions. Each examination paper is 2 hours in length.

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Future opportunities

Economics A level is well-regarded by universities and students go on to study a variety of subjects at degree level. Economists have excellent transferable skills and career opportunities include work in finance, law, government, international business and with charities. If you are considering Economics as a degree course, we recommend you also study A-level Mathematics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2015
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