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Economics - A Level at The Mirfield Free Grammar & Mirfield College

Course description

Economics provides a real insight into the way in which the world works. Current affairs in the news are therefore a key component of this course.

The qualification considers Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

Microeconomics is the branch of economics concerned with the study of the behaviour of consumers and organisations. In addition to this, microeconomics investigates how scarce economic resources are allocated and how competitive markets work (supply and demand), market failure and government intervention.

Macroeconomics looks at how the economy as a whole operates. This involves studying economic development, income distribution, welfare and globalisation. Students who undertake this course can enhance their skills of analysis, critical evaluation and develop the confidence to cultivate their own views and perspectives of the world.

Course content

Unit 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure

Unit 2: The UK Economy Performance and Policies

Unit 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market

Unit 4: A Global Perspective

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements



Paper 1: 35%

Paper 2: 35%

Paper 3: 30%

Note: Across all 3 papers, 20% of the overall qualification requires mathematical skills.

Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day. 

For more information contact us on 01924 483666 or email

Future opportunities

Studying A level Economics is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue a career in economics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, banking, law or business.

Further information

An interest in national and worldwide news and affairs would be of benefit to students studying this course.

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: 27 September 2018
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    • Contact name:
    • Emma Salter - Post 16+ Officer
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01924 483 666
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