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Economics AS and A level at Eastbrook Comprehensive School

Course description

Economics aims to provide students with an understanding of key economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. The syllabus requires the study of both National and International economies and policies adopted by governments to meet the key macroeconomic objectives. In today‚Äôs current climate this course provides students with the understanding required to analyse and evaluate the decisions of businesses and governments to gain a critical understanding of how businesses and the economy operate. In doing this, students will be required to apply the concepts and theories in a range of different contexts. 

Course content

Year 12- AS Outline

Students are required to study the following units at AS:

Unit 1: Markets and Market Failure

Unit 2: The National Economy


Year 13- A2 Outline

Students who choose to continue studying Economics at A2 level will also study the following units:

Unit 3: Business Economics and the Distribution of Income

Unit 4: The National and International Economy 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study Economics should achieve B grades in Maths and English at GCSE level.   

You will be required to work hard, meet all deadlines and carry out your own extra reading on the topics we study. You should be prepared to debate your opinions in class, and to get involved in all activities. Notes should be organised and supplemented with your wider reading where appropriate. It is also important that you have a lively and enquiring mind. 


Assessment at AS level is through an examination for each unit, which combines Objective Test Questions and Data Response Questions.  Each examination is one hour and 15 minutes in duration. A2 assessment is in the form of a two hour examination which requires the completion of a data response question and an essay for each unit. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September