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Qualification: Economics - A Level
Location: Canterbury College

Economics - A Level

Most students choose to study Economics because they want to understand better how our society works, how businesses are run and to have a better understanding of current issues.

We aim to develop your knowledge of the many different questions facing, governments, managers and consumers and the theories, which underlie explanations of their decision making.  In recent years we have experienced great upheavals in the way our world works such as global warming, the global financial crisis, Brexit and the Covid 19 Pandemic. It has never been more important to understand the ways in which all our lives are shaped by the decisions on how we make use of the relatively scarce resources of the planet.

COURSE CONTENT

The course involves understanding the theories and models that underpin economic thinking; developing a ‘toolkit’ of economic concepts, and then applying these to a wide range of contemporary issues and practical problems. Students will apply economic theories and concepts to current issues such as austerity, the EU, financial markets, global warming, globalisation, the UK’s productivity gap, the growing inequality in modern economies and Brexit (the impact on the UK economy of leaving the European Union).

PROGRESSION ONTO YEAR 2

Progression to the second year of this A Level course will be dependent on having made satisfactory progress in the first year of the course, including achieving at least an E grade in a formal late spring assessment, as well as the maintenance of a good level of attendance and commitment throughout the year.

FINAL ASSESSMENT AT END OF YEAR 2

The A Level is entirely based on three written examination papers taken at the end of the second year and is based on both years’ work exploring Economic Principles, Models and Behaviours.

MINIMUM ENTRY CRITERIA

For an A Level programme of study, we normally require students to have a range of at least five to seven GCSE passes at grade 4 or higher, ideally including English and Mathematics, but students must also satisfy the minimum entry criteria for A Level Economics below.

Grade 5

GCSE Mathematics

AND

 

Grade 5

GCSE English Language or English Literature

AND

 

Grade 5

In at least one other predominantly written based GCSE subject (from subjects such as English Language, English Literature, History, Religious Studies or Sociology)

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER STUDYING A LEVEL ECONOMICS?

Economics can lead to degree level study of the social sciences and business-related courses. Some students choose not to go to university and take up apprenticeships or study for professional qualifications in accountancy and banking.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students will need a scientific calculator.

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Canterbury, Kent
CT1 3AJ

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