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Economics A Level (OCR) at Marling School

Course description

Economics is a social science that concerns the fabric of social relations. From the choices available to you on the high street to your career prospects, as well as broad issues such as environmental sustainability and global poverty, an understanding of economic concepts helps us to understand what is happening around us and why. Students with an economics background are employed by the Government, large corporations, charities and research organisations as professional economists. They also enter management in both the private and public sector. Higher education establishments offer a variety of degree courses, from pure Economics to a combination of Economics and many other subjects. Economics forms a major component of many business and accountancy courses and at post-graduate level a qualification in Economics is essential for environmental, social or development studies.

Course content

The A level is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course. The A level and AS level course is designed to be co-teachable in the first year. Before the A level qualification can be given three mandatory components must be completed at the end of the course, focusing on microeconomics, macroeconomics and themes in economics, with the latter offering an opportunity for students to apply theories and, concepts to up-to-date contexts. For AS level a shorter format paper will be used covering key micro and macroeconomics elements (components 1 & 2) of the course.

The Economics content encourages the students to ‘think as economists’ and develop the appropriate range of analytical, questioning and reasoning skills to achieve this objective. In addition the qualification will enable learners to develop strong grounding in both microeconomics and macroeconomics, drawing on local, national and global contexts.

Entry requirements

You should have met the standard Marling School Sixth Form and Stroud High School Sixth Form entry requirements if you have not studied this at GCSE. You should be competent and comfortable dealing with mathematical calculations and the interpretation of numbers and percentages. You should possess, or be willing to develop, strong analysis and evaluation skills plus a broader interest in economic issues nationally and globally.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years