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Economics A Level at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Course description

What does the course consist of?

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure - How firms make decisions about what to produce, how consumers decide what to buy, issues such as pollution and congestion, the National Health Service.


Theme 2: The UK economy - The policies which are used to overcome problems such as unemployment, inflation.


Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market - How firms decide upon how much to produce and what price to sell at, how different industry structures work, how the government intervenes in industry.


Theme 4: A Global perspective - How countries trade with each other, policies governments use to manage the effects of international trade on their economy.

Entry requirements

What entry requirements do I need?

No specific entry requirement for Economics apart from the general entry criteria and a Grade 7 in Maths is preferable.  If a subject is oversubscribed preference will be given to those who have Grade 7 in Maths.

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How is this course assessed?

 Examination only

Future opportunities

What could this course lead me to?

Accountancy, Banking, Brokering, Business Consultancy, Finance, Politics, Risk and Portfolio Management for international blue chip companies, government departments and independent entrepreneurs.



Further information

What other subjects does this course work well with?

Having strong skills in English and Mathematics are essential for Economics, historically the two subjects are well suited combinations with Economics at Advanced Level.  Business is complementary, and an interest in current affairs, politics, social studies and finance are an advantage.  If you wish to study Economics at degree level it is recommended that you also take Mathematics at A Level.

Additional Information:

Economics is a subject looking at how and why events happen in the real world, with a focus on students often working independently to develop their views and opinions. To be successful you need to have a business like approach to your studies, attending lessons punctually and being motivated to organise your own work outside lessons. Most important of all you need to ensure you read around the subject and have a good knowledge of current affairs.

Why should you study this subject?

“It teaches you about how the real world, outside the classroom works.” (Curriculum Leader)

Why is this subject enjoyable to study?

“Economics teaches you about things that are important for future life.”  (Sixth Form Student)


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years