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Economics A Level (Block B) at Walton High School

Course description

The overall aim of the course is to encourage students to:

  • Develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.
  • To analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.

The course will provide students with:

  • A coherent combination of micro (studying the factors influencing decision making process of individual firms and consumers) and macroeconomic content (a study of the factors influencing a national and international system/economy) and methods of enquiry.
  • The ability to explore a range of current economic issues, particularly at the A2 stage, and to analyse data from local, national and international sources.
  • The ability to develop a critical approach to economic models and methods of enquiry.

Students will develop a ‘tool kit’ of knowledge and skills used by economists and be able to apply the portfolio to develop further their understanding of appropriate micro and macroeconomic aspects of applied economics.

Course content

The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is both a stand-alone qualification and the first half of the Advanced GCE (A2).

AS Units


  • The reasons for individuals, organisations and societies having to make choices
  • Competitive markets and how they work
  • Market failure and government intervention


  • Macroeconomy functions on a domestic and global level
  • Policy approached
  • Macroeconomic equilibrium


A2 Units


  • Microeconomic theory
  • Imperfections and market failures
  • Labour markets


  • Macroeconomic performance and policy
  • Trade and Integration
  • Development
  • Economics of GlobalisationYear 12 Economics AS (2 Units)

Entry requirements

  • General requirements of entry into the 6th form (5 C’s at GCSE)
  • You do not have to have studied GCSE Business Studies                    
  • Those students who have studied GCSE Business Studies must have gained at least a Grade C.




1 hour 30 mins; 50% of AS


1 hour 30 mins; 50% of AS



2 hours; 33.33% of A Level


2 hours; 33.33% of A Level

Themes in Economics

2 hours; 33.33% of A Level


Future opportunities

An AS and Advanced GCE qualification will be:

  • An appropriate foundation for a higher education in Economics or in other areas such as business administration, environmental planning, transport and logistics, development studies and European studies which have an element of economics underpinning them.
  • An appropriate A level to complement any science A levels or Arts A levels as it provides different skills and business/management background
  • An appropriate entry qualification for employment into a wide range of business and professional employment

Further information

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walton High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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