Economics A Level

Level A-level

What will I study?

Macro-Economics investigates the working of the whole economy; analysing possible causes of inflation, unemployment, and the effects of government intervention. You will also examine the complex interdependence between economies. Micro-Economics examines the way in which the price system of free enterprise economies allocates scarce resources. The new syllabus also includes concepts such as behavioural economics, which considers how consumers make decisions based on emotions rather than rationality, and the analysis of financial markets.

Is this course right for me?

Do you want to know why our government makes certain decisions? Do you enjoy the challenge of debating both sides of an argument? Economics helps to explain a wide variety of real-world phenomena such as economic growth and commodity prices and is a highly valued and respected A level. You should have an enquiring minds, for example, be interested in the effect of a falling value of the £ and how decisions taken by government affect choices which consumers make- taxing sugary drinks for example. There are a lot of new terms and theory. Students should be prepared to learn what can appear theoretical. Economics is a method or tool for analysing decisions. You should be prepared to study independently, there is much to cover so you have to read and learn between lessons. Showing genuine evaluation requires deep understanding. Students who enjoy and understand the logic of Maths will find a parallel in Economics and Maths is a prerequisite for many Economics degrees. Due to its breadth of relevance Economics complements any subject.

Where next?

Economics students in the past have gone straight into jobs in the banking and finance sector, but the majority go on to university, many to study Economics. We regularly get students into Oxford and Cambridge, and the London School of Economics.

Minimum entry requirements

C/4 in English Language GCSE and C/4 in Maths GCSE. Please make sure that you have also looked at and understand the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.