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Economics A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

Economics is an exciting and dynamic social science which examines how individuals, governments and societies make choices given scarce resources. It is used to analyse a host of global and topical problems. Economics is best thought of, as one economist joked, as 'What Economists Do'. 

Course content

You will follow the AQA specification. At AS you study two units.
  • In 'Markets and Market Failure' you will study the economic problem and how resources are allocated in competitive markets, analysing what happens when markets fail and how governments intervene within a failing market.
  • In 'The National Economy' you will study topics such as measuring macroeconomic performance, how a macroeconomy works, how to judge economic performance and how that influences macroeconomic policy. Throughout the AS you will develop your analytical, persuasive and evaluative writing skills. 
At A2 you study a further two units.
  • In 'Business Economics and Distribution of Income', you will learn how firms set objectives, costs and revenues; looking at competitive markets and marketing strategies. You then move onto concentrated markets and the labour market, and finally how governments can intervene in these more complex markets.
  • In 'The National and International Economy' you will develop your macroeconomic knowledge from AS to include macroeconomic indicators, how we manage the national economy and then place it in context of the international economies. 
You will learn through:
  • Discussion 
  • Notes/Case studies 
  • Educational visits 
  • Internet resources / Video Clips / News Stories 
  • Group Work / ICT 
  • Text Books

Entry requirements

To study A level economics, you will need 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE, including at least a B grade in both English language and mathematics GCSEs.

Future opportunities

Economics is a versatile subject that can help you in a number of careers. Not only could you find yourself working for big corporations, banks or the government but your qualification in economics could also be valuable support in a career like marketing, law, journalism or teaching. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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