Economics
A Level

Awarding Body: AQA

Course Description

Economics is a well-established and highly-regarded academic subject. It provides great opportunities for research and discussion of some of the major challenges facing Britain and the world today.

Grade 5 in GCSE English and Grade 5 in GCSE Maths required.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

There are two core sections to A level Economics: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Microeconomics is all about the behaviour and decisions of consumers and businesses. Questions in this area might include: Why do footballers earn so much and hairdressers so little? Who causes environmental damage and who should pay for it? Macroeconomics looks at the bigger picture, in Britain and abroad. What was the financial crisis and has it really ended? What causes unemployment and what can be done about it? Can we have economic wealth and a solution to climate change? What will happen when Britain leaves the European Union?

In A level Economics you will improve your analytical and communication skills. Economists must be able to review data, observe patterns, and draw logical conclusions. Economists must be able to explain their work to others and this course will improve your critical thinking skills.

This course is 100% exam-based, incorporating three papers.

Case studies and examples used in economics have a natural overlap with many areas of the E6 Programme, which integrates several opportunities into academic study. For example, you can take part in the Enterprise Academy Unloc, which supports business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills. You will be supported to set up your own personal enterprise or business.

Many A level Economics students progress to become accountants, actuaries, bookkeepers, budget analysts, business managers, credit analysts, financial analysts, management analysts, teachers and lecturers.

A level exams usually occur in late May or early June of the second year of study.