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Economics AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

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. The economic way of thinking can help us make better decisions.

Course content

Economics will also prepare you for the world of work, including jobs in business, industry, civil service and government. On average Economics graduates earn 60% more than non-graduates which is higher than most other graduates. (ONS)

Entry requirements

You should be interested in current affairs and regularly watch the news and read newspapers. You will need at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English Language. Mathematics should be at least a grade B.


A Level Economics is assessed with three examinations, each lasting two hours.

Paper 1 is based on markets and business behaviour. Questions will be focused on the nature of economics, how markets work, market failure, government intervention, business growth, business objectives, revenues, costs and profit, market structures and the labour market.

Paper 2 is based on the national and global economy. Questions will be focused on business growth, business objectives, revenues, costs and profit, market structures, labour market, government intervention, international economics, poverty and inequality, emerging and developing economies, the financial sector and the role of the state in the macroeconomy.

Paper 3 is based on microeconomics and macroeconomics. This paper is synoptic and questions will be based on any of the themes linked to Papers 1 and 2.

To be successful students need to be able to think logically and analyse and discuss real situations using economic concepts.

Future opportunities

Non graduate jobs may include work in banks, retail and insurance.

Graduate jobs may include accountancy, actuarial work, corporate, commercial and investment banking, insurance underwriter, investment analyst, management consultant, market research executive, political party research officer, statistician, trader.

Further information

We have two dedicated Economics and Business rooms with ten computers and colour printers in Place House, with an Economics and Business Resource room attached. We have access to 40 computers at Place House. You will receive a copy of the main course texts. In addition, we have a wide range of specialist Economics and Business textbooks, magazines, newspapers, journals and videos. We make extensive use of ICT facilities, including CD Rom and the Internet.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years