Economics A-level

Economics is about the world around us. It involves the study of how individuals behave and interact with each other and the dynamic between the interactions of individuals, firms, and the government.

You will be challenged with real life questions such as:

  • Is it right that Wayne Rooney earns more than the Prime Minister?
  • Should there be a tax on fast food?
  • Should patients be charged to see their Doctor?
  • Why are ticket prices to see Coldplay or Rhianna in concert so high?

Economists enjoy healthy debate over these issues. It is this controversy which makes Economics A-level a dynamic and lively subject. It will allow you the opportunity to make your own judgements and form your own opinions on these issues and others.

Economists are highly sought after in the world of work – they are the second highest paid graduates.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is the study of individuals and firms. In microeconomics, you will address issues such as the impact of the rise of the budget supermarkets – Aldi and Lidl. Can global warming be effectively controlled? Is it fair to tax sugary drinks?

Macroeconomics is the study of the national economy and government. In macroeconomics you will address issues such as How is the UK economy affected by emerging markets like China and India? What happens to the economy if people lose their job? Is the UK Government’s borrowing out of control?

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – Paper 1 (Markets and business behaviour)
    A-level (35%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (The national and global economy)
    A-level (35%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 3 (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics)
    A-level (30%) 2 hours

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Degrees in History, Maths, Politics, Business, Finance, Marketing, Law, Languages, and Philosophy are only some of the options available to you. If university is not your preferred route, you will be well prepared for the world of work.

What qualification will I gain?

Edexcel A-level Economics 9EC0.

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:40