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Level 3

A Level Economics


We live in curious times. The housing bubble burst, the rise of China, the loss of blue-collar jobs and the rise of inequality. Health is a very big deal. Tax, government spending, climate change, trade and globalisation are key issues. It’s a complicated story. Instead of saying, ah, it’s a complicated world, I don’t get it, say, all right, let me try to figure this out. Let me make sense of this. Economics explains what happens in the world around you. What you are going to learn is how to think like an economist.

Economics is about people. It’s not about money. And it ends up being about what people, firms and Governments do. Economics is about choice and the impact of our choices on each other. It relates to every aspect of our lives from the decisions we make as individuals or families to the structures created by governments and firms. An economic way of thinking can help you make better choices with finite resources.


You will need to have 5 GCSEs at grades 9/A* to 4/C including English Language. You will need a grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A-level Transition Project, prior to enrolment, to prepare you for A-level Economics.

To succeed, you must be able to read challenging articles and textbooks well and often and enjoy data interpretation and statistics. You must be able to write essays employing appropriate terminology and using structured analytical paragraphs that communicate your thoughts in-depth but also clearly. Many pupils do not realise this, and it is important to be very clear – more pupils struggle in Economics because of weak English than weak Mathematics. A good economist is someone who can communicate technical knowledge in a clear way.


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