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ECONOMICS B (APPLIED ECONOMICS) A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Students are introduced to economics through building knowledge of core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts, and by investigating economic theory through real-world businesses and the environments in which they operate.  Breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding with applications to more complex concepts and models are developed in the second year of study.

Course content

Main themes

  1. Markets, consumers and firms
  2. The wider economic environment
  3. The global economy
  4. Making markets work

The philosophy of the course call for concepts to be taught in context.  The diversity of the topics, including economics, marketing, finance and strategy allow for a wide variety of teaching and learning methods to be used.  Presentations, leaflets, debates and discussions will be used alongside past examination questions for assessment purposes.

Entry requirements

  • The minimum requirement is three 6 and three others at a 5
  • At least a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics
  • You will require a grade 6 or above in most subjects you wish to study at A Level
  • To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7 or above
  • To study Economics a grade 7 or above in Mathematics is required and a grade 6 or above in Business or a related subject
  • Students may be able to study a Science subject with a 6 but their 4th option choice must be STEM Access forming part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway
  • For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9 and this will be your 4th A Level subject
  • Photography will also be offered as a 4th A Level option
  • Short courses count as half a GCSE
  • You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for the school aims, objectives and ethos
  • Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community


Assessment is based on four assessment objectives.

  1. Knowledge - understanding theory and relevant terminology
  2. Application - linking the knowledge to relevant case studies and examples
  3. Analysis - developing ideas and explaining issues, using theory and evidence to support the argument
  4. Evaluation - weighing up costs and benefits and drawing conclusions

Three two hour examinations will be taken at the end of the two year course.



Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare foe higher education in areas of Economics, Business Studies, Accounting, Marketing or more general higher education courses.With further training, you could go into a job related to economics, business, marketing, finance and accounting, human resources and public relations. You could also look at doing a trainee management course within a business to gain the skills, understanding and experience that they require so you can progress to working at management level.

Further information

The details of the qualification are available at

There is a wealth of resources available for free access on the internet and provided by businesses.

This course offers students the opportunity to learn the economic and business issues in the world today and to explore relevant topics within current affairs.  It has cross-curricular links with subjects such as Geography, Mathematics, General Studies, Sociology and DT.  Biannually, there is a business residential visit and Economics Society is available to Upper Sixth Students.  These opportunities will heighten the use of theoretical approaches taught in the classroom and give more understanding as to how they are incorporated in the real world.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years