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A brief summary of the key entry requirements and elements of the A-level Economics syllabus from the expert tutors at The Profs.

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Why study A Level Economics?

Economics affects almost everything in our everyday lives, from what people earn, to how we work. Even the food we eat will at some point have been influenced by economics. Therefore, an understanding as to how supply, demand and price work can only be advantageous, whatever career path you decide to take.

If you have an interest in the social science factors which determine how goods and services are produced and distributed in today’s consumer society, A Level economics could be the subject for you.

What is A level economics about?

A level economics is typically divided into two areas: microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics focuses on the idea of a free-market economy where there is perfect competition and compares this to the real market of today, with all of its complexities and inefficiencies.

Macroeconomics explores economics from a broader perspective, covering themes such as economic growth, inequality, unemployment and immigration and trade/budget deficits. It also commonly looks at real-life current economic situations, such as the global financial crisis and what governments attempt to do in order to resolve financial problems.

Studying A level economics will help you to develop skills far beyond the basics of understanding demand and supply. Over the duration of your course, you will learn how economic concepts help us all to further understand and tackle wider environmental and social issues. It will set you on the road to realising how many political arguments are disguised as economic issues and give you the tools to reason in these debates, seeing the pros and cons of different arguments in order to reach a decision which supports your own beliefs.

What skills do I need to study A level economics?

A good understanding of maths (at least a grade C at GCSE level) and the ability to think logically are the main requirements to embark on an A level economics course. It’s also essential that you have an interest in current affairs. Economics is often the lynch-pin of many political debates so you will need to have a keen interest in what is happening in the world on a political, business and social level.

When studying macroeconomics, there is rarely a definitive right or wrong answer, so the ability to debate different arguments, supporting with evidence as necessary, is a skill that this subject will help to develop.

Where can studying A level economics lead?

A level economics is a respected subject which enables you to demonstrate a well-rounded breadth of knowledge. It, therefore, offers a good base and leads on to a wide range of degree options. Of course, having an A level in economics is considered essential as a lead into many economics-based degrees. However, it is worth bearing in mind that some of the economics degree courses offered by top universities also require an A level in maths. So, if this is a path you are considering, you will need to consider this when choosing what else to study.

Essentially, economics offers you a strong foundation to go on to study this or other subjects in greater depth at degree level, with good employment prospects at the end. There’s no doubt that it can open many doors from a career perspective for those willing to put in the work required to do well.

How is the work assessed?

Typically you can expect an A level in economics to be primarily exam-based, covering elements of microeconomics, macroeconomics and an overview of general economic principles.

It is common for most students to undertake an A level over a two-year period. It is possible to compress the course into one year, but this would usually only be recommended for students with very good previous experience who are self-motivated to learn and tackle the demands of the subject head-on.

What additional help is available?

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