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Economics AS at Swinton Academy

Course description

Economics is concerned with the behaviour of humans as individuals, businesses, organisations and governments, and the choices they make.

Ask yourself the following questions, do you have the answer?????

Why can’t I have everything that I want?

Why are the decisions that I take so important to other people?

Why are some countries less developed than others?

Why isn’t anyone looking after the environment?

Why can’t we cancel Third World debt?

Why do we have to pay taxes?

Economics complements a wide range of subjects at both Advanced and Higher Levels. Business Studies makes a  particularly suitable subject partner.


Course content

 In the first year of sixth form study students work towards the completion of an AS qualification.  During this year, the main focus areas include:


  • Markets and Market Failure


  • The National Economy

The AS qualification counts for half of a full ‘A’ level

Entry requirements

 Students do not need to have studied Business Studies or Economics previously in order to follow the ‘A’ level course.

Students will need to gain a C grade in both English and Maths to be accepted onto the course.


Each area will be examined through examinations. Two will be taken at AS Level and a further two examinations in A2.

If students are to achieve the higher level grades, it will be essential for  them to follow current developments through television, newspapers and journals. Students should expect to be occupied with 4-6 hours private study per week in addition to the taught lessons.

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Future opportunities

Economics is a traditional academic subject and is well received by Universities and employer. Studies have shown that students who study a business related subject earn 15% more on average than none business graduates.

There are a wide range of jobs that would follow on from A Level Economics; these would include journalism, politics, teaching, accountancy and many more.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 07 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year