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Economics A level at Balcarras School

Course description

Economics A-level provides a very good grounding in economic and strategic thinking
which will provide students with a solid foundation in economic awareness and
understanding. The course encourages students to develop an understanding of
economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic
issues. It also expects students to apply economic concepts and theories in a range
of contexts and to appreciate their values and limitations in explaining real-world

Note: Many universities require students applying for an economics degree to have
gained an A-level in mathematics or further mathematics.

Entry requirements

Successful A-level economics students need to have good communication skills and be confident using numbers. Consequently, a GCSE grade B in both English and mathematics are necessary.

Students do not need to have studied business studies at GCSE-level.


Examination Board- AQA


Paper 1: Operation of markets, 1½ hrs - 50% of AS

Paper 2: Economics in a global context, 1½ hrs - 50% of AS


Paper 1: Markets and market failure, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: The national & international economy, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level

Paper 3: Economic principles and issues, 2 hrs - 33.3% of A-level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years