A-LEVEL EDEXCEL ECONOMICS (A) 9EC0 (First exams Summer 2017)
  • Economics will help you to gain an in-depth understanding of current affairs and factors which influence our decisions as consumers, producers and employees. It will enable you to offer supported arguments on economic problems in order to reach informed conclusions.

    You will consider issues such as:

    • Is Google a monopoly, and if so, how does this affect us?
    • Should rail fares be regulated? is a privatised rail system working?
    • What causes inflation and how can interest rates and quantative easing help manage it?
    • Should we increase the National Minimum Wage?
    • What is the economic impact of Brexit?
    • Is it beneficial for countires to embrace free trade and globalisation?
  • Economics provides an excellent route through which you can develop the Key Skills of Communication, Numeracy, Critical Thinking, Team Work and Problem Solving. You will have the opportunity to use ICT for research purposes. A wide range of learning activities are used including investigative projects, group work, and presentations. Opportunities for students to review progress and be involved in setting their own learning targets are formally integrated into the course. There is a strong focus on independent learning to help prepare students for higher education.

  • Materials and teaching activities are collaboratively planned by the department for all modules. Again, at A2 the subject is taught by two teachers, with each focusing on one of the A2 theme while adapting a synoptic approach.

  • Newcomers to the subject are welcome. Although the course requires no previous knowledge, -Economics is recognised as a challenging A-level. It demands the ability to write essays, and also the mathematical ability to manipulate numerical data, understand graphs and use basic algebra. In this respect, you will be in a better position to succeed on the course if you have at least GCSE Grade 7 in Mathematics and English Language and Business Studies or Economics if such GCSE has been taken.

  • At the end of A2 there will be external examinations and there continues to be no coursework element in Economics A-level. The current course has two A2 themes, one on microeconomics and one on macroeconomics. Both are these are synoptic and draw on material from other AS/A2 units. Students will sit three external examinations. One covering AS and A2 microeconomics, one covering AS and A2 macroeconomics and a final synoptic paper covering all areas of the syllabus. These three papers alone will determine the student’s A-level grade. Full details of the A-level Economics (A) specification can be found at: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce15/economics/Pages/default.aspx

  • Economics is relevant to a wide range of careers, including business, finance, law, media, psychology, teaching, engineering, accountancy, environmental sciences and town planning. It provides breadth to post 16 programmes of study, which will prove valuable in virtually any career including medicine. Economics combines well with arts, humanities and modern languages. Options at degree level are equally wide and varied and often include the opportunity to work or study abroad as part of the course. Students who wish to study Economics at university are advised to take at least A-level Maths.