Economics

Course title Advanced GCE in Economics

Exam board AQA

Subject specific entry criteria Grade 7 in either Mathematics or English Language. GCSE Economics is not required.

Course overview

Assessment overview

You will study:

  • Economic methodology and the economic problem
  • Individual economic decision making Price determination in a competitive market
  • Production, costs and revenue
  • Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
  • The labour market
  • The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality
  • The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets
  • The measurement of macroeconomic performance
  •  How the macroeconomy works : the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts
  • Economic performance
  • Financial markets and monetary policy
  • Fiscal policy and supply-side policies
  • The international economy

 

 

 

Paper 1: Markets and market failure

Written exam: 2 hours (33.3% of A-level)

Section A: data response questions requiring written answers, choice of one from two contexts worth 40 marks

Section B: essay questions requiring written answers, choice of one from three worth 40 marks

Paper 2: National and international Economy

Written exam: 2 hours (33.3% of A-level)

Section A: data response questions requiring written answers, choice of one from two contexts worth 40 marks

Section B: essay questions requiring written answers, choice of one from three worth 40 marks

Paper 3: Economic principles and Issues

Written exam: 2 hours (33.3% of A-level) Section A: multiple choice questions worth 30 marks

Section B: case study questions requiring written answers, worth 50 marks

Future Progression

Economics courses at top universities are competitive and will have typical offers of AAA. As already highlighted, many Russell Group universities will require an A grade in Mathematics at A Level, although Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham Universities do not. Degrees in Economics are very highly regarded by employers, and graduates in the subject often top the list of those achieving the highest salaries.

Having an A Level in Economics is also an excellent starting point for those considering a Higher or Degree Apprenticeship as the subject provides an excellent grounding in the commercial awareness that is needed for work in many corporate settings.

Potential careers

Economics develops a very wide set of skills, knowledge and understanding. Those who can discuss economic, business and political issues are at an advantage in any workplace. Some Economics students will follow a traditional route and go into finance, accounting and professional services fields, or into the broad array of opportunities within financial services. Perhaps less expected is the importance of Economics within sectors such as healthcare, where the challenge of scarce resources and many competing needs is particularly notable. Additionally, work in any role within a business, from a start-up to a multinational conglomerate, is made easier by a secure underpinning in Economics.

How to succeed in Economics

You will need to be able to make sense of data, reading from a table, graph or similar, question what the data tells us, and how reliable it is. You will need to have empathy: if you can’t put yourself in someone else’s position you will have no idea how they might react to changes in either the micro or macro economy. You will need to question and understand bias and be able to follow an argument through a logical chain of reasoning. Furthermore, you must be a confident communicator, as effectively arguing your position so that others understand, is essential.

 You do not need to be an exceptional mathematician to take Economics at A Level, nor do you need to continue with Mathematics to A Level if you don’t want to. There is almost no Mathematics in Economics A Level.

However, if you want to continue with Economics at university please be aware that a very large number of courses at universities will ask for Mathematics A Level.

Economics does involve essay writing, but essays are very different to those in History or English. In Economics, essays will identify and outline a theory and then consider the extent to which the real outcomes follow the expected outcome, from the theory described. You need to be concise and accurate in your writing style, rather than creative or particularly wordy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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