A-Level EDEXCEL ECONOMICS (A) 8EC0 (First exams Summer 2016)
  • Economics will help you to gain 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:

    • What is the FTSE and what factors affect share prices?
    • Are consumers rational in there decision making?
    • How can the government reduce road congestion and pollution?
    • Why did so many economies go into recession?
    • What is the economic impact of Brexit?
    • How does immigration affect students?

    The course places emphasis on analysing problems and alternative solutions, rather than just describing them. It is essential that students develop a keen interest in current affairs and a willingness to keep themselves informed by following the news, magazines and by watching informative programmes.

  • 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

  • Materials and teaching activities are collaboratively planned by the department for all modules. At AS the subject is taught by two teachers and this is also usually the case at A2 although a synoptic approach is followed.

  • 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 style, 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 a GCSE has been taken.

  • At the end of AS there will be two external examinations, one focusing on microeconomics and one focusing on macroeconomics. There is no coursework element. Full details of the AS Economics 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, sciences 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.