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Economics A level at City and Islington College

Course description

They say money makes the world go round, but how does it really get distributed? What decisions do governments, businesses and families make that help decide who is rich and who is poor? And what is the effect of wealth and poverty on people's well-being and happiness around the world? This intensive two-year course will give you the tools in which to study and understand the economic environment we live in, and where it came from.

Course content

In the first year, you will be introduced to the basic economic problem of scarcity and unlimited wants and how the market allocates scarce resources. You will consider the government's role in managing the economy and how it achieves the macroeconomic objectives of economic growth, reducing unemployment, and equality in the distribution of income.

In the second year, you learn about the economics of business behaviour. For example, you will study how firms make price and output decisions and how the behaviour of one firm is affected by the actions of another. You will also study global economics and consider issues such as trade, globalisation, and development. Furthermore, you will learn about the role of banks and financial markets in the global economy.

Throughout the course you will develop knowledge of the main economic trends over the past 25 years and be able to compare recent and historical economic events. You will also be introduced to different economic thinkers and look at how these thinkers have influenced economic policy and debate.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must achieve at least a grade B and a grade C in at least two written subjects, e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Religious Studies or English Language.
  • Because of the mathematical content of the course we would prefer you to have achieved a grade B or above in Maths.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is by exam at the end of your second year.

Future opportunities

Students who study this A Level often progress onto university to study courses such as Economics, Finance, Management and other Business-related Degrees. It also lends itself to study of other Social Science or Humanities subjects such as Government and Politics and History. If you want to study Economics at university it is recommended that you also study AS Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.