A Level Economics

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A Level Economics

 

Examining Board: Edexcel

Next Examination Period: May/June 2020

Exam Specification Code: 9ECO

Coursework Element: None

Practical Element: None

Course Fee Includes: Online course materials and tutor support. Additional materials available at extra cost.

Fast Track Option:  Fast Track Economics A Level 

Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available. 

Introduction

This course will help students to develop the skills understanding economics. Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics, to understand that economic behaviour can be studied needed to succeed in today’s changing world and will open up a wide range of opportunities in employment and for those wishing to continue to study at university. Students will acquire specific and relevant skills in analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, and decision making that can be applied across a broad range of contexts.

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics A is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers. Students build knowledge and understanding of core economic models and concepts in Themes 1 and 2, and then build on this and apply their knowledge to more complex concepts and models in Themes 3 and 4. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies

 

Qualification aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics A are to enable students to:


  • Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject
  • Appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment
  • Develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • Use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist
  • Understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • Develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

 

Course Content

 

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

This theme focuses on microeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of:

  • The nature of economics
  • How markets work
  • Market failure
  • Government intervention.

 

Theme 2 : The UK economy- performance and policies

This theme focuses on macroeconomic concepts. Students will develop an understanding of:


  • Measures of economic performance
  • Aggregate demand
  • Aggregate supply
  • National income
  • Economic growth
  • Macroeconomic objectives and

 

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market

This theme develops the microeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 1 and focuses on business economics. Students will develop an understanding of:


  • Business growth
  • Business objectives
  • Revenues, costs and profits
  • Market structures
  • Labour market
  • Government intervention

 

Theme 4: A global perspective

This theme develops the macroeconomic concepts introduced in Theme 2 and applies these concepts in a global context. Students will develop an understanding of:


  • International economics
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Emerging and developing economies
  • The financial sector
  • Role of the state in the macroeconomy.

 

Course Duration & Examinations

2 years of study, written exams in May/June from 2017. You should expect to spend approximately 300 hours of study on this A level course. There will be three written exam papers and students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.


Paper 1: Introduction to markets and market failure (code: 9ECO/01)
Externally assessed
Availability: May/June
First assessment: 2017
35% of the total A level marks

Paper 1 will assess microeconomics and questions will be drawn from Themes 1 and 3.

Paper 1 - Overview of assessment

Written examination.

The paper comprises three sections. Students answer all questions from Section A and Section B, and one from Section C.

Section A comprises a range of multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

Section B comprises one data response question broken down into a number of parts.

Section C comprises a choice of extended open-response questions; students select one from a choice of two.

Duration: 2 hours. 100 marks available.


Paper 2: The national and global economy (code 9ECO/02)
Externally assessed
Availability: May/June
First assessment: 2017
35% of the total A level marks

Paper 2 will assess macroeconomics and questions will be drawn from Themes 2 and 4.


Paper 2 - Overview of assessment

Written examination.

The paper comprises three sections. Students answer all questions from Section A and Section B, and one from Section C.

Section A comprises a range of multiple-choice and short-answer questions.

Section B comprises one data response question broken down into a number of parts.

Section C comprises a choice of extended open-response questions; students select one from a choice of two.

Duration: 2 hours. 100 marks available.

 

Paper 3: Microeconomics and macroeconomics (code 9ECO/03)

Externally assessed
Availability: May/June
First assessment: 2017
30% of total A level marks

Paper 3 will assess content across all four themes. Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding, make connections and transfer higher-order skills across all four themes.

Paper 3 - Overview of assessment

Written examination.
The paper comprises two sections.

Each section comprises one data response question broken down into a number of parts, including a choice of extended open-response questions; students select one from a choice of two.

Duration: 2 hours. 100 marks available

 

Assessment and Tutor Support

The course is assessed via written exams at the end of the one year course of study. However, assignments are included at the end of each unit to assess your progress and provide feedback. These are sent to your tutor and you will receive feedback and guidance on your work. You will have access to online tutor support for the full duration of your course.

 

Previous Knowledge

There are no prior learning or other requirements for this qualification. However it is advisable that you have achieved at least a C grade in GCSE Maths and English or their equivalent before commencing this course

 

Progression

Students will develop transferable skills that both support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment, including quantitative and analytical analysis, forming and testing hypotheses, and commercial awareness.

The development and application of quantitative skills prepare students for study of economics and related courses at university.

 

Students can progress from this qualification to:


  • Advanced GCE in Economics qualifications
  • Higher education courses such as economics degrees with a focus on theory, or degrees in applied economics such as environmental economics, labour economics, public sector economics or monetary economics. Alternatively, students may choose to study a business economics, mathematical economics or business degree
  • A wide range of careers ranging from finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, management and consultancy, to becoming professional economists.


Please note the college does not offer the extended project option as an add on qualification

 

 

What's Included

Online learning materials, online resources, and full tutor support for two years upon signing our Terms and Conditions agreement.

Entry Requirements

Although the A-Level programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams are held during the May - June exam period of every year.

International Students

If you are based outside the UK, it may be possible to sit your examination through your local British Council, depending on your location.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

After enrolling online, you will receive a username and password to access the On Campus area. This is delivered within a few moments and three-working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

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Our A-Level programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.

A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.

UCAS Points Table
A* = 56
A = 48
B = 40
C = 32
D = 24
E = 16

Course Fee

£315.00

Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

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