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AS/A2 LEVEL ECONOMICS at Plantsbrook School

Course description

OCR Advanced GCE in Economics

Course content


The AS part of the course forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full 'A' Level. The AS can be taken as a stand alone qualification or as the first part of the full 'A' Level course.


The AS qualification comprises of two units:


  • Markets in Action:

This unit ensures students gain an appreciation of the allocation of resources and what makes markets efficient or sees them fail.


  • The National and International Economy:

This unit introduces students to macro-economics and investigates national and international economic indicators.  Government economic policies are also investigated.


The A Level comprises of the above modules plus two additional A2 modules:


  • The Economics of Work and Leisure:

In this module students will focus on the economic concepts and theories that help economists to understand and analyse labour market issues.  Students will study the determination of wages and employment, the trends in employment and earnings, the role of the government and trade unions in the labour market.  In addition, students will study the leisure market and apply economic theory and concepts to how the leisure market operates.


  • The Global Economy:

In this unit students will analyse and evaluate macro-economic performance in national, regional and global contexts.  Students will consider performance indicators and trade and integration.

Entry requirements


This course is suitable for students who have studied GCSE Business Studies and also to those students that have no prior knowledge of Business Studies or Economics. Students must have enthusiasm for the subject and show commitment because of the 'active learning' nature of the course.  Students need to have obtained a Grade B or above in GCSE English and Maths.



The AS is assessed through external exams and students are required to answer questions based on either unseen or pre-issued case studies.  Students will sit the first module, Markets in Action, in January of the first year of the course.  The final AS module is taken in the June of the first year of the course. 


The first module of the A2 course, the Economics of Work and Leisure, is taken in the January of the second year of study and the final module, is taken in the June of the second year of the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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