A Level in Economics

A Level Economics balances economic theory with application to current economic problems and issues. The subject enables students to learn in-demand transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and data handling.

Topics covered in the course include:

Microeconomics – A study of the workings and failings in markets

Macroeconomics – A study of the big whole economy topics like unemployment and inflation

Themes in Economics – A study of how the UK and global economies work by looking at case studies

Economics is highly considered by Oxbridge and Russell Group universities as one of the more challenging social sciences. As it is a subject unique in its field, it deserves the attentions of students who wish to be challenged with rigorous and challenging materials.

Economics requires a great deal of further reading for students. Regular examination of business news, market information and blogs will help increase the chances of getting the most out of the subject.

The most important skill in economics is being able to evaluate the impact of policy on the macro and microeconomic environment, and therefore an interest in the political world can also help in this topic. There are a wide range of resources available such as ‘The Economist’, ‘The Financial Times’ and other online materials and economic blogs including the BBC and other media sites.

Course Summary

The Economics course is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding that will prepare them for entry into employment, or self-employment in a wide range of business environments. Students can also progress to further qualifications, including HND or degree level courses.

Students can go into the following careers:

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Economist
  • HR Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Production Manager


3 x two-hour written exams, each worth 33.3% of total A Level

Exams consist of multiple-choice questions, data response questions, essays and case study questions.



Exam Board

Minimum Required GCSE Grade - Subject specific

  • English Language: 5
  • Mathematics: 5

Entry Requirements