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Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course Location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 3 Part-Time - Day Bede Campus A-Levels Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This is a course for students who have enjoyed and been successful whilst studying GCSE Maths and/or business, and are looking to study financial systems and markets on a variety of different scales, from local to international

Your personal and academic skills will benefit tremendously from this course; the ability to hold mature and balanced discussions, essay-writing skills, financial and statistical analysis, problem-solving, independent study and research, as well as to become aware of global markets, governance and production.

A-Level Economics will excite your minds, challenge your perceptions and stimulate your investigative and analytical skills.

The Economics course would be particularly beneficial if studied alongside any of the following subjects: business, mathematics, IT, physics or geography.

You will need 5 GCSE's at grade 5-9 including Maths and English Language

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE There are no costs charged to enable you to study this A-Level course, although there may be contributing cost associated with external trips/visits, and possibly other external visits. You will need to provide your own stationery and core textbooks/revision guides.

This course is based in the classroom, consisting primarily of theory work and ongoing modular assessments. There will be opportunities for external visits throughout both years of this A-Level course

English and Maths are very important subjects and will help to equip you with key skills that will help you to achieve your best in your A-Level studies and progression towards your future career.

In order to study A-Level Economics, you will need to have achieved GCSE Maths and English Language at a grade 5.

The sixth form day is 9am - 4.15pm, Monday-Friday.

You will study each of your subjects for 4hr 30min per week, across three separate lessons.
Your timetable will be determined by the combination of subjects that your study, which will be made available to you at the start of the academic year.

You are not required to be on campus when you do not have a timetabled lesson, although we would strongly recommend that you are. Making effective use of our learning facilities and resources during such study periods, will ensure that you keep on top of your work and make significant progress in your studies, not to mention developing important time-management, organisation and independent-study skills.

You will study a series of modules throughout this two-year course, all of which will be included in three end of course examinations:

Paper 1 – Markets & Market Failure
Paper 2 – National & International Economy
Paper 3 – Economic Principles & Issues

Throughout Year 12 you will study:

Economic problems & decision-making
Production, costs & revenue
Competitive markets & the labour market
Poverty & inequality
Market failure

Moving into Year 13 you will study:

Macroeconomic performance
Economic performance
Financial markets
Fiscal policy
International economy

What’s next?

With an A-Level in Economics you will develop a wide range of employability skills and a world-view of economic and political issues; helping you stand out in the labour market.

Economics is a highly desirable and valued subject, with strong links to many careers in a variety of different sectors, such as accountancy, financial services, international relations, banking and business consultancy.

You could also go on to study an Economics related degree at university, specialising in whatever area you’re particularly interested in – you could choose to continue to study economics as a whole, or opt to narrow your route towards a designated career such as accountancy, business or finance, the choice is yours!

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