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Economics and Business AS/A2 at Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6)

Course description

The course offers you a holistic understanding of the world of business and provides you with the economic tools necessary to understand, interpret and analyse the world in which we live. You will study the skills and knowledge that are used in the key areas of business organisation; marketing, production, finance and human resources.

You will consider how businesses are affected by their political, economic, social and technological environments. The economics element of the course will involve you developing a knowledge of how individual markets and whole economies work.

The course offers the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of organisations and economies to acquire a range of relevant business and generic skills, including decision making and problem solving skills.

Course content

At AS level you will explore the characteristics needed to be successful in business and how new or existing businesses generate new business ideas considering the effects of market competition, the economic climate and how businesses seek to minimise uncertainty.

At A2 level you will learn about international business and the wider economic environment and business including why markets fail; how government policy affects the economy, and the growth of China and India.

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs at Grade C or above including a Grade B in English, Mathematics and a Business related subject.


Two exams in Year 12; two Exams in Year 13.

Future opportunities

This qualification will provide you with a solid foundation for studies at a higher level in business related subjects like economics, business studies, law and accountancy and progression to a wide range of business related professions.

Further information

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Islington Sixth Form Consortium (IC6) directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Islington Consortium Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 7017 3040
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