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Economics A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Who should study Economics?

Economics studies the fundamental forces which affect our lives and the effects on businesses employment, prices, international trade and poverty. Economists disagree over the implications of the theory for policy making and often engage in healthy debate about economic strategies. It is this controversy which makes Economics a lively and engaging study, allowing you to make your own judgements and form opinions on what you observe happening in the world.

Course content

AS Economics

Unit 1: Microeconomics

The reasons why individuals, firms and governments have to make choices, price determination in competitive markets and market failure and government intervention. It is assessed through a 1 and a half hour written examination with a range of multiple choice, data response and essay questions. 50% of the AS grade.

Unit 2: Macroeconomics

Government economic policy objectives, The impact of government policy on economic performance, determinants and patterns of international trade. It is assessed through a 1 and a half hour written examination with a range of multiple choice, data response and essay questions. 50% of the AS grade.

A Level Economics

Unit 1: Microeconomics

You will be examined on all of the content studied in the AS Unit 1 course in addition to the following topics: Market structures and the behaviour of firms, Wage determination and wage differentials, The role of the government and trade unions in the labour market. It is assessed through a 2 hour written examination with a range of data response and essay questions. 33.3% of the A Level grade.

Unit 2: Macroeconomics

You will be examined on all of the content studied in the AS Unit 2 course in addition to the following topics: international trade policies and negotiations, financial markets, the role of the financial sector in developing economies. It is assessed through a 2 hour written examination with a range of data response and essay questions. 33.3% of the A Level grade.

Unit 3: Themes in Economics

You will be examined on all of the content studied in Units 1 and 2. There is no new content in this unit but you will be required to apply what you have learnt to a range of real world scenarios, including: the housing market, transport, the environment. It is assessed through a 2 hour written examination with a range of multiple choice and data response questions. 33.3% of the A Level grade.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.

Subject Specific

GCSE grade B in English and Maths 

Future opportunities

Economics is a versatile subject that can help you in a number of careers. The technical and analytical skills it provides could lead you to working for big corporations, banks or the government. An Economics qualification will also be valuable in preparing you for university study in a broad range of disciplines which value the ability to think logically and systematically to reach conclusions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brampton Manor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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