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Economics A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

The course introduces the basic concepts of micro and macroeconomic theory.
Unit 1: Markets and Market Failure
Tackles the basic economic problem of how resources should be allocated and includes topics such as market failure, efficiency and government intervention.
Unit 2: The National Economy
Focuses on the role of the government in maintaining the UK economy and includes topics such as macroeconomic performance and policy.
Unit 3: Economic Principles and Issues
A synoptic paper designed to highlight the interdependence of economic themes across all of the topics covered in Unit 1 and Unit 2.

Entry requirements

If you have not taken GCSE Economics, you need to have GCSE English Language at Grade 5 or above and GCSE Maths at Grade 6 or above. If you have taken GCSE Economics, you need to have achieved Grade 6 or above.
You will need to keep up to date with current events by watching news programmes and reading a broadsheet newspaper.
You will need to communicate ideas effectively, analysing a range of models and their applications within class discussions and written assignments. While it is not a requirement that students also study Maths, you should be comfortable working with numerical data.


All units will be assessed externally through examinations, with each unit worth 33.3% of the total A Level grade. There is no coursework element included in the specification.
Units 1 and 2: Examination each of 2 hours
Section A: Data response questions requiring written answers; choice of one from two contexts (40 marks)
Section B: Essay questions requiring written answers; choice of one from three (40 marks)
Unit 3: Examination of 2 hours
Section A: Multiple choice questions (30 marks)
Section B: Case study questions requiring written answers (50 marks)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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  • Start date: Next September