Economics A level Distance Learning

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Economics A level- a brief introduction

This course is for first examination in summer 2017 and replaces our old Economics Course.  For a full overview of the changes to A level please see our A level changes page.

This brand new course is being written to the AQA economics specification 7135/7136. The course has been developed so students learn to apply economic theory to support analysis of current economic issues.

Students are encouraged to understand the interrelationships between microeconomics and macroeconomics.

The course will help students to develop real life skills which are needed to

  • understand and analyse data
  • think critically
  • Make informed decisions

Students will also develop their quantitative skills and learn to evaluate arguments using both qualitative and quantitative data

Individuals, Firms, Markets and Market Failure

  1. Economic methodology and the economic problem
  2. Individual economic decision making
  3. Price determination in a competitive market
  4. Production, costs and revenue
  5. Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
  6. The labour market
  7. The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality
  8. The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets

The national and international economy (A-level only)

  1. The measurement of macroeconomic performance
  2. How the macroeconomy works : the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis, and related concepts
  3. Economic performance
  4. Financial markets and monetary policy
  5. Fiscal policy and supply-side policies
  6. The international economy

The new Economics A level course prepares students for the AQA Economics AS and A level specification 7135/7136

Economics A level Assessment

  • The AS is examined by 2 written examinations of 1 hour 30 minutes each
  • The Full A level is examined by 3 written examinations of 2 hours each

Unlike previous years, the AS examination can’t contribute to the students marks for the complete A level.  The AS is a complete stand alone qualification in it’s own right.

Prior Study

Students will normally require 4 GCSEs and above to start an Economics A level.  It would be advantageous to the student if this included English and Maths GCSE or IGCSE  It is not necessary to have studied Economics GCSE although again this would be advantageous.

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