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Economics A Level Edexcel at The Canterbury Academy

Course description

Economics is focused around the study of how humans, governments, businesses and other organisations make choices that affect the allocation of distribution of scare resources.


Economics is a challenging, technical and theoretical subject, and to be successful you will need to have a thorough grasp of the theory covered at A-Level. However, the more you can place economic theory in real world scenarios, the better you will be able to evaluate ideas and give yourself the chance of attaining top grades.


You will also personally get more out of the course if you have a good understanding of prevailing economic climate in the UK, across Europe and in a global context.

Course content

The course involves studying four themes over two years:

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

This theme focuses on microeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of:

● Nature of economics

● How markets work

● Market failure

● Government intervention


Theme 2: The UK economy performance and policies

This theme focuses on macroeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of:

● Measures of economic performance

● Aggregate supply and demand

● Economic growth

● Macroeconomic objectives and policy


Theme 3: Business behavior and the labour market

This theme develops the microeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 1 and focuses on business economics. Students will develop an understanding of:

● Business growth and objectives

● Revenues, costs and profits

● Market structures

● Government intervention


Theme 4: A global perspective

This theme develops the macroeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 2 and applies these concepts in a global context. Students will develop an understanding of:

● International economics

● Poverty and inequality

● Emerging and developing economies

● Role of the state in the macroeconomy

Entry requirements

We would recommend a grade 6 at GCSE in mathematics and or a grade 6 in GCSE economics.

Future opportunities


Students who study economics will be adequately equipped to be gainfully employed in a variety of corporations that operate with in the business and finance sector such as:

  • Economist ( business, finance, sport and pharmaceutical industries)
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Statistician (private and public sector)
  • Forensic accountant
  • Stockbroker



This course will enable you to study economics and business pathways at degree level.

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 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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