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Economics is about choice and the impact of choices made. It relates to every aspect of our lives, from the decisions we make as individuals, to the structures created by governments and firms.

The global financial crisis, international trade, global warming, sustainable development and inequalities between populations – these are all issues to which economics can be applied in an attempt to provide solutions to global problems.

Subject content

The course will focus on the economic problem of too many wants and too few resources, the operation of markets (demand and supply)
and market failure, as well as looking at how price is determined in competitive and concentrated markets.

You will develop a critical approach to economic models and methods of enquiry and will discuss government intervention into the market,
for example to reduce the consumption of demerit goods such as alcohol. You will also analyse the macroeconomic performance of
national economy by measures such as: GDP, inflation, unemployment and the balance of payments (international trade) in a global context. You will gain a good knowledge of developments in the UK economy and government policies over the past 15 years.

This course is an award of AQA. Read the course specification.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language and Mathematics.

Learning methods

You will learn through a variety of methods such as: case studies, activities, group work, lectures, debates, focus groups, multimedia, virtual learning environments and individual study. Question papers use a variety of assessment styles including real-life case studies and data exercises.


A Level Economics is assessed at the end of the second year by examination over three two-hour papers.

Progression opportunities

Higher Education courses are available at many universities. A degree in Economics provides a wide array of both subject-specific and transferable skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers. Jobs directly related to an Economics degree include: stock market trader, chartered certified accountant, chartered public finance accountant, economist, financial risk analyst, investment analyst, statistician, actuary, civil service fast streamer, diplomatic services operational officer, local government officer, management consultant and quantity surveyor.

Meet the A Level expert

Daniel Haslam

Daniel has a BA (Hons) Business – Advertising and Marketing Degree, an MSc Economics and a PGCE in Business Education.

Daniel said: “Economics is a dynamic and instrumental field that influences nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Exploring scarcity, choice, and resource allocation, to shaping government policies, and understanding global market. Economics teaches you the tools to understand complex economic systems, both on micro and macro level. The subject will provide you with invaluable insights into how societies function and evolve – it’s constantly changing! You will come away with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as the business acumen necessary to succeed in the professional world.”

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