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Economics A Level

The emphasis of this course is on the UK economy, including topics such as economic growth, inflation, unemployment and the labour market.
You will also study the international perspectives including the European Union, globalisation, poverty, international trade and the environment.

What does the course involve?

You will learn how to apply economic theory to the analysis of “real world” economic issues such as:

  • How are prices determined?
  • Why have energy prices risen?
  • What effect does economic downturn or recovery in Europe have on the UK economy?
  • What economic policies can be followed to help create jobs or reduce inflation?
  • How can we control the negative aspects of economic growth such as rising inequality or increased pollution?


There are three written exams at the end of Year 2. These have a mixture of short questions to test your analytical skills as well as data response and essay questions which ask you to discuss economic issues in greater depth.


There are visits to lectures and external events relating to the exam topics, as well as other enrichment opportunities.

Economics students at the Finance Baccalaureate “Immersion Day” at Royal Bank of Scotland, London on 20th March 2015

Economics students at the Finance Baccalaureate “Immersion Day” at Royal Bank of Scotland, London on 20th March 2015

What can you do after the course?

Economics is a highly regarded academic subject which will support your application for a wide range of higher education courses.
Students often go on to study economics, accountancy or other courses relating to business management.

Economics graduates are amongst the most highly paid and the subject is useful for many careers including finance, banking and retail.

I am at the University of Surrey studying Economics, which I am really enjoying. I chose this degree because I really loved studying A Level Economics at Hereford Sixth Form College. I thought it was fascinating learning about theories in class and then going home and watching the news and applying those theories to real life situations.

Lucinda Jones, former student

Lizzie talks about studying Economics