DEPARTMENT

ECONOMICS

A level Board/code

EDEXCEL / 9ECO

What do we cover in the course?

Key syllabus elements

In the A Level Economics course, there are 3 broad areas that are examined. 1. Markets and Business behaviour 2. The National and Global economy 3. Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (which is a synoptic paper that draws on content taught over the whole 2 year A Level course). Paper 1 focuses on Microeconomic issues such as the operation of the Market System and Business behaviour whilst Paper 2 focuses on Macroeconomic topics such as unemployment, inflation, development economics and international economics.

How is it assessed?

Key assessment elements

There are 3 written examinations for the full A Level qualification:

  • 9ECO/01 – Markets and Business behaviour (2hrs) – 35% of the full A Level qualification
  • Assessed by multiple choice questions, a structured data response question and an extended open-response question from a choice of two.
  • 9ECO/02 – National and Global economy (2hrs) – 35% of the full A Level qualification
  • Assessed by multiple choice questions, a structured data response question and an extended open-response question from a choice of two.
  • 9ECO/03 – Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (2hrs) – 30% of the full A Level qualification.
  • There are 2 sections and one data response question in each section.
  • All units are sat at the end of the 18 month / 2 year course of study.

Key skills required

There is a strong written component to this qualification that will require good English Language skills. There is also a sizeable Mathematics component to this qualification and students will need to be confident with basic arithmetic computation.

What entry requirements are there to study this course?

Students will require a good level of English language fluency and a minimum of an A grade in GCSE Mathematics (or international equivalent) to undertake this course.

What is the course useful for?

Possible career paths: Finance and Accounting, Investment banking, Business and Management, Insurance and the Public Sector.

Any other information

Economics is an academic and vocational subject. It requires knowledge, understanding, application and analysis of both theory and current economic events. Because of its analytical aspect it combines particularly well with Mathematics, Computing, Pure and Social Sciences. Given the increasing importance of international trade to the UK economy, it also combines well with Modern Foreign Languages. Science students have also found it useful if applying, for example, for degrees in Engineering.