Who is this course for? Young people aged 16-18. Often students who study this A Level progress onto university to study courses such as Economics, Finance, Management and other Business related degrees as well as other social science or humanities based subjects such as Government and Politics and History. What do I need to get on the course? You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A-level courses which are based on your GCSE results general entry requirements for AS-levels In addition, to do this course, you need at least a grade C in both GCSE English Language and Maths and at least one other written subject (e.g. humanities, science, business studies, history, geography, religious education full course, English Literature). Your grade in either English or the other written subject should preferably be a B.
What is this course about?
# Economics is a problem solving course. Do the following questions interest you? , Why is gold more expensive than sugar?
# , Why do we still buy petrol even when prices rise above 1 per litre?
# , How can the government manage to raise 8,000,000,000 from taxing cigarettes?
It is suitable for students who have a strong interest in current affairs and politics but who also enjoy solving logical problems using mathematical skills.
What will I study?
There are two main areas to the AS course:
, Competitive Markets This is an introduction to the operation of markets for goods and services. You will learn the basic principles of economics (e.g. supply and demand analysis) and be able to apply them to real world situations such as why house and oil prices have more than doubled in the past decade.
Managing the Economy Here you will gain an understanding of the key goals of government economic policy and the tools its uses to manage the economy. We will consider issues such as the rise of China as a global economic power and how this is having an impact on the UK economy.
If you successfully complete the AS year you can progress onto A2 Economics. In the A2 course you will study Business Economics, which considers the decisions that firms make when operating in various market conditions. You will also develop your understanding of macroeconomics by studying the Global Economy. Here you will consider issues such as why countries trade with one another, globalisation, and economic development.
, You will be assessed by examinations. There is no assessed coursework.,
What can I do after the course?
Close to 80% of our A-level students progress to Higher Education. Alternatively, you could choose to enter employment. If you want to study Economics at university it is recommended that you also study AS Mathematics.