A level Economics will give you an excellent understand of how economies allocate their scarce resources to meet the needs and wants of their citizens. You will develop a greater understanding of the economic problems which face individuals, firms and governments on a local, national and global level and the alternative ways these problems can be resolved.
Why choose A level Economics?
You will look at the microeconomic areas investigating how individual decisions impact economic outcomes, the importance of competition, how markets operate and why they fail and the distribution of wealth. At the same time you will learn about macroeconomics, looking at the ‘big picture’ of how our national economic fits into the global context, the global impact of financial markets and monetary policy and the operation of the international economy.
Possible career options
You may choose to pursue a career in a directly related field such as banking or finance. The A-Level course in Economics will stand you in good stead by giving you an insight and understanding of the economic forces than impact on your day to day activities.
Alternatively, you may wish to decide to follow a career path which isn’t directly related to your course of study. The analytical and evaluation skills that you will have developed will be useful whatever path you choose in the future.
An A level in Economics will benefit you if you are looking to go onto study economics, business or finance at university. The skills you acquire will help you no matter what degree course you choose.
Topic areas covered
Operation of markets and market failure
Whilst studying this area you will cover topics like the economic problem and economic methodology; price determination in a competitive market; production, costs and revenue; competitive and concentrated markets; and the market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets.
The national economy in a global context
Whilst studying this area you will cover topics like measurement of macroeconomic performance; how the macro economy works; the circular flow of income, aggregate demand/aggregate supply analysis and related concepts; and economic performance and macroecomomic policy.
Individuals, firms, markets and market failure
Whilst studying this area you will cover topics like individual economic decision making; production costs and revenue; perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly; the labour market; the distribution of income and wealth; poverty and inequality; and the market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets.
The national and international economy
Whilst studying this area you will cover topics like the measurement of macroeconomic performance; how the macroeconomy works; the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis and related concepts; economic performance; financial markets and monetary policy; fiscal policy and supply-side policies and the international economy.
Method of assessment
You will sit three two hour written exams – each exam will be worth a third of the A level. Paper one will cover markets and market failure, paper two will cover the national and international economy and paper three will draw on material from the whole course. The papers will feature a range of question styles.