A Level Economics

What will I study ?

Most A Level Economics students have not studied the subject before 6th form so will be introduced to the subject as one which is ultimately concerned with how societies organise scarce productive resources. Economics provided a unique way of examining human behaviour, and students will learn about the toolkit of concepts, theories and techniques to analyse current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. In particular, there will be an emphasis on developing quantitative skills in using and interpreting data from a range of sources, including topical new events.

Year 12

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure; and Theme 2: The Performance and Policies of the UK Economy.

Year 13

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market; and Theme 4: The Global Economy and Financial Sector (including poverty and inequality)

What do I need to study the course ?

Grade 6 in Business Studies and/or Economics GCSE, if taken. GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics is essential. Grade 6 or above in Mathematics is highly recommended. Grade 5 or above in English Language.

How will I be assessed ?

Three 2 hour written examinations consisting of multiple choices questions, short answer questions, data response questions and several extended writing questions per paper.

Where will Economics lead me?

Students who have studies this subject at The Holy Cross Sixth Form often go onto a wide range of career pathways. Economics is especially well suited to students considering the Financial and Business sectors, with potential careers including Actuarial Analyst, Chartered Accountant, Compliance Officer, Economist and Forensic Accountant. Employers include the Civil Service, Accountancy and Professional Services firms and government departments. Further study at university is an ideal option for many students after Sixth Form, but it is worth noting that A Level Economics is also a great option for students interested in the Degree Apprenticeship route.