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The Economics A level is an excellent preparation for studying Economics at degree level and pursuing a future career in business and especially the financial sector. To study Economics at degree level an A level in Mathematics is usually a pre-requisite.

For an introduction to A level Economics click here

The aims and objectives of the Economics A level are to enable students to:

  • Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject
  • Appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment
  • Develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • Use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist
  • Understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • Develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.


There are three exams at the end of the second year. These will be based on:

  • Paper 1: Markets and business behaviour
  • Paper 2: The national and global economy
  • Paper 3: Microeconomics and macroeconomics

What we will study

Over the two year course students will get the opportunity to study the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure
  • Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies
  • Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market
  • Theme 4: A global perspective


You do not have to have studied GCSE Economics to undertake the course but a good GCSE in Mathematics (Level 5 or above) is essential and a GCSE in Business would be an advantage.

Exam Board – Edexcel

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