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A2 Economics - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

This is an exciting time to study Economics given the impact of major economic issues on our everyday lives – the budget deficits, government spending cuts, changing taxation and interest rates, economic growth and employment. The continuing and importance of EU and international developments will also be studied.

The course has a Business focus and uses economic laws and concepts such as Demand and Supply and Comparative Advantage in assessing economic issues. Numerical, graphical and written data is used to explain and test their relevance to the real world.

The course offered by Edexcel exam board gives students the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills both orally and in written form, including data analysis, presenting arguments, making evaluative judgements and conducting research.

This is an interdisciplinary subject, making use of written skills already developed in humanities subjects with the numerical and analytical skills of maths and science subjects. Therefore, it is an ideal “bridge” subject, recognised as a demanding A level subject by universities and employers.

Course content

Year 12

Markets, consumers and firms: Business finance, profit, market and market failure including demand and supply, externalities, different types of firm and the role of the government.

The wider economic environment: Business growth, competitive advantage, elasticities of demand, productive efficiency, the economic cycle and an introduction to macroeconomic policy.

Year 13

The global economy and globalisation: including a review of global labour markets, inequality and redistribution.

Making markets work: competition, market power, macroeconomic policies and their impact on firms and individuals.

Entry requirements

An average of 5- 'Attainment 8' score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 4s and 4 grade 5s) across 8 highest GCSEs including both English & at least a grade 5 in Maths

A keen interest in current economic issues would be an advantage.


Yr13: Three 120 minute exams including data response and essays. Papers 1 & 2 are worth 35% of the total mark each with paper 3 being worth 30% of the final mark.

Paper 3 has a pre-release context that students will use to prepare for their final exam.

Future opportunities

A level Economics is now required by many universities for an Economics degree, along with A level Mathematics for almost all single honours courses.

Potential careers include:-

Economists in the public and private sector, Chartered Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Marketing, Management, Business Administration and Teaching.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACEC18
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