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OCR A Level Economics

Course content

The A level in Economics course consists of three mandatory components, focusing on microeconomics, macroeconomics and themes in economics. The course has been designed to help you:

  • 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 which will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Economics is an established academic subject and, as such, provides an excellent base for progression into higher education. Economists are highly sought after – in fact economists are in the top 5 most highly paid graduates.

How will I learn?

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and styles, but the course is mainly classroom based. There are options to visit businesses, attend academic workshops and hear from visiting business people. The school has string connections with companies such as Lloyds, PWC and M&G, and also benefits from a range of industry led activities.

How will I be assessed?

This is a simple course, which assessed by means of three, 2 hour written examinations. The topics are as follows:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Themes in economics

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

You will be expected to spend around 5 hours per week outside lesson time to study independently and complete set work.

Expected prior knowledge

There is no formal requirement for a GCSE in Economics for entry onto this A Level course as all of the required subject content and skills are taught within the specification. It is important, however, that all students have an excellent level of literacy and numeracy, as well as an avid interest in politics, finance, business and current affairs.