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Economics A Level at Bristol Free School

Course description

Economics is about choice and the impact of our choices on each other. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms.

A level Economics helps students develop an interest and enthusiasm for economics and its contribution to the wider political and social environment. It requires the careful application of knowledge in a range of contexts and the development of an enquiring, critical and thoughtful ‘economist’s mind’. The course provides opportunities to practise skills, qualities and attitudes which will equip students for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of an adult and working life. This includes developing an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect and shape our environment. In subject specific terms, students will apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world events. This includes analysing, explaining and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.

Course content

For A level you will study four themes and will sit three exams at the end of your course:

Paper 1 has data response and essay questions on markets, consumers and firms (Theme 1) and making markets work (Theme 4).

Paper 2 has data response and essay questions on the wider economic environment (Theme 2) and competing in the global economy (Theme 3).

Paper 3 is a synoptic paper based on all the themes learnt and will focus on a research task before the exam. The questions in the exam are linked to the context you will research.

Entry requirements

Must include at least a grade 5 in Maths and an interest in global affairs, including the movement and flows of the globalised world and notions of financial inequality.


The course features a wide range of teaching and learning approaches and methods; from interactive classroom study, group tasks to private study and research. Almost all daily news headlines, for example, have an economic theme if you look closely. You will be encouraged to research such topics using journals, newspapers, websites and other resources. Discussion and debate are an important element of lesson activity developing skills of evaluation and judgement.

Future opportunities

Economics is well regarded as a rigorous A Level and fully prepares you for university and the world of work: You will have developed data-handling and writing skills which are transferable to both university and employment. You might want to study a degree in economics, business economics, international business, marketing and business management. You might progress to a wide range of sectors including finance, education, law, business, journalism and the public sector

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Free School directly.

Last updated date: 18 August 2017

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