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Economics A Level at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College

Course description

Economics is the study of how we choose to allocate our scarce resources and how wealth is created. The course consists of 4 units, 2 are studied in Year 12 and a further 2 in Year 13.

Year 12 AS units are:
- Market In Action
- The National and International Economy.

Year 13 A2 units are:
- The Economics of Work & Leisure
- The Global Economy

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have any previous knowledge of the subject to successfully complete this course but you must have at least a Grade C at GCSE Maths and a B in G.C.S.E English or A-C in G.C.S.E Economics. Economics is a social science which combines with all other A/AS subjects offered in the sixth form and later can be taken as a degree subject or used to support studies in other subjects.


The course is examined by the Cambridge Examination Board (OCR) and the first 2 units will lead to an AS level award. You can then choose to do the final 2 units and obtain a full A level. There is no course work; all units are assessed through external exams.

Future opportunities

Economics will combine with many degree and professional qualifications. It has always been a popular subject at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College and ex students include estate agents, teachers, accountants, bakery managers, merchant bankers, and several who run their own businesses. We even have students who earn their living as economists and others who organise international research. There are few careers where knowledge of economics will not prove very useful.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Thomas Wharton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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