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Economics A Level at Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form

Course description

Students who study economics will find it a fascinating subject because it enables them to reflect on what is going on in the world around them.

One Economist said that Economics ‘is a study of mankind in the everyday business of life’. It has a high status with top universities. Economics revolves around the central economic problem; that is, our infinite wants compared to our scarce resources.

Scarcity of resources means that we have to make decisions about what to produce with our resources, how to produce the goods that we have decided to produce and how to distribute what we have produced; who gets what?

Course content

Year 12

Advanced level Economics introduces students to the different branches and to the different schools of thought that exist within the discipline.

There are 2 units in Year 12:

  • Unit 1: Markets and market failure
  • Unit 2: The National Economy Students will be introduced to microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Year 13

Microeconomics focuses on how individual markets allocate resources, and also how they sometimes fail to do this. Macroeconomics is the study of the bigger economic picture focusing on issues such as inflation and unemployment and how various institutions, such as national governments and central banks, try to manipulate the macro economy for the benefit of us all.

There are a further 2 units in Year 13:

  • Unit 3: Business Economics and the Distribution of Income
  • Unit 4: The National and International Economy

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language and Grade B in GCSE Business & Economics if taken.

Minimum point score of 38 including Maths and English at grade 4 at GCSE. This is equivalent to 4B and 4C grades overall at GCSE. Students will also need to achieve the subject specific criteria below:

NEW GCSE POINT SCORE GCSE grade 2017 Points:

  • G 1.00
  • F 1.50
  • E 2.00
  • D 3.00
  • C 4.00
  • B 5.50
  • A 7.00
  • A* 8.50


Reformed A levels are two year linear courses. This means that the whole course is assessed at the end of Year 13.

AS qualifications are also available in the reformed subjects and the content of these may be co-teachable with the first year of the A Level course. AS examinations for these courses are Stand Alone qualifications and do not contribute to the final A level grade.

Students starting on a reformed/linear A level in September 2017 will be required to sit a formal exam at the end of Year 12, this may be the AS Stand Alone qualification. The formal exam at the end of Year 12 will give students an important indication of how their learning is progressing and will ensure that students are ready to progress into Year 13.

Students must achieve a D grade or better in all of their A Level courses in the Year 12 examinations to progress to Year 13. Students will usually study 3 A Level subjects or BTEC equivalent although some students may be able to take 4.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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