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Economics (Eduqas) at Stanford & Corringham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The first great attraction of Economics as an A’ level subject is that you are not expected to know anything about it in advance! However, it is important to have an interest in economic matters and problems supported by the ability to express oneself clearly and coherently in written work.

Many economic concepts are abstract and will require you to work hard in order to understand them. As a result, a logical mind is required.

The subject content is largely topical and this makes it necessary for you to consult a wide variety of media sources such as newspapers, television and the Internet.

PLEASE NOTE: This course could run over the 3 schools. Details of where this course will run in September will be available at a later date.

Course content

The AS award is available as a one year course and the A Level award is available as a two year course.

Component 1: Economic Principles

This component examines why economic choices have to be made, the market model, how markets can be efficient and also how they can fail.

Component 2: Exploring Economic issues

This component covers the use of economic models to develop a critical understanding of macroeconomic issues. Students learn to understand and evaluate the different policy options used by governments to manage the economy.

Whilst both of these components are common to the AS and A Level Economics course, students of the A Level Economics course will be expected to study additional areas within each component in the second year of the course.

Component 3: Evaluating Economic Models and Policies (A Level Economics course only)

This unit draws on the content of units 1 and 2 and requires students to consider this theory within the ‘real world’ context.

All components are assessed through written exams that are externally marked. In each exam paper, questions will be drawn from the whole of the specification. Quantitative skills account for 20% of the examination.

Students taking the AS award will be assessed through two written exam papers containing compulsory structured questions and data response questions.

Students taking the A Level course will be assessed through three written exam papers containing multiple choice questions, data response questions and structured essay questions.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in GCSE English language.


Financial information

£30.00 deposit to cover all text books to be paid on enrolment day. This will be refunded at the end of your course once your books have been returned to the subject teacher.

£5.00 non-refundable payment for an Access Key Fob to access Gable Hall School, Sixth Form and St Clere's School.

Future opportunities

Economics is highly rated by universities and employers. Certainly those considering ‘City’ careers, may find the subject a useful insight into the business world and the economy in general.

Possible career choices include that of:

• accountancy

• insurance

• financial services

• journalism

• banking and management.

Students wishing to read Economics at university should study A Level Mathematics as this is generally a university requirement.

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: 17 October 2017
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