Economics A-level

2 years

Course Details

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.

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?

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • Althought there is no requirement to have studied this subject at GCSE, if you have done so then you must have achieved at least a grade 5. You must also have achieved at least a grade 5 in Maths. 

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.

Edexcel A-level Economics 9EC0
  • 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
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

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.

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.