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Economics A Level at The Misbourne School

Course description

Economics is the study of the factors that influence income, wealth and well-being.

Students will study a range of economic concepts over the duration of the course including microeconomics, economic problems and the ways economists think and work. They will go on to consider key measures of economic performance and the main instruments of economic policy primarily in a UK context.

Building upon their knowledge, skills and understanding students will then apply them in the context of a business and finally a wider global context.

What do I need?

You will need a lively and enquiring mind, high quality presentation and communication skills.

Course content

  1. Introduction to markets and market failure 
  2. The UK economy – performance and policies
  3. Business behaviour and he labour market
  4. A global perspective

How will the course be delivered? By two teachers who will split the topics between them. Teacher led activities will be supplemented by pair and group work and independent study.

You will have to take responsibility for you own learning and will be expected to take part in presentations. There is no coursework but you will undertake end of unit assessments and self-evaluation.

Entry requirements

English Language or English Literature (5), Mathematics (6).  Students may also be considered with Mathematics (5).

Five A* - C GCSE grades or equivalent, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 as long as the subject entry requirements above do not state the need for a higher grade..

In exceptional circumstances, students with GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics grade 3 may be considered.

Students below grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics will undertake the statutory retake programme, attending lessons throughout Sixth Form until they achieve at least a grade 4


Students are examined purely through external examinations (i.e. no coursework). Students will sit examinations in the summer term of Year Thirteen. This method of assessment requires students to be dedicated to their studies and work consistently well across the whole course.

Financial information

Students in The Misbourne Sixth Form who experience financial constraints or barriers can apply to access additional funding to support their academic journey through their Key Stage 5 studies.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can access this additional funding to assist with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, meals in school, educational visits, uniform or other school resources, the cost of attending university or career interviews, financial support towards childcare costs or exam re-sit fees.

A Bursary Fund Committee meets three times a year to consider applications and award bursaries.

Future opportunities

Economics leads to a wide range of opportunities in many careers such as accountancy, banking, the civil service and other jobs in the financial sector to name but a few. You could work in a variety of different jobs in the private or public sector, or even start up your own business.

Further information

What will it combine with?

Economics incorporates maths and statistics as well as having connections with business, biology, medicine and physics and many other disciplines such as geography, history and psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Misbourne School directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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