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Economics A Level

Course overview

Economics at A Level is an exciting and dynamic course, appealing to students who are interested in understanding the world we live in. It is both challenging and exceptionally rewarding and opens many doors.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied economics before. You might have an interest in economics and want to know more about the impact economics has on the world around you. You might want to investigate some of the stories you hear in the news – Why do some economies grow and others don’t? How to global events impact our daily lives? Why are some people exceptionally wealthy and others are not? This course will help you to understand all this and much more.

The A Level in Economics covers a broad range of issues on both a local and global level. Areas include: Financial Economics, Development Economics, International Trade Economics, and Business Economics.


Course Components

Year 1 Components:

  • Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure
  • Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies

Year 2 Components:

  • Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market
  • Theme 4: A global perspective

Key Info

Minimum entry requirements:

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including: 

  • GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics
  • And a GCSE grade 5 in either English Literature or Language


  • 100% exam
  • Exam board: Edexcel (Economics A)


Subject Lead

Mr W Pierce

Why Choose this Course?

Studying Economics will help you develop transferable skills that will prepare you for studying at university or moving into the world of work. It is held in very high regard by universities (including Russell Group) and by many employers. Not only will the study of economics enrich your understanding of the world and current affairs, but it will enhance and support your study of many other subjects. Economics often appeals to students who have an inquisitive mind, an ability in mathematics and interested society – Economics is classified as a Social Science or Humanity subject.

Skills you Gain

Economics is a highly analytical course, challenging students to use and interpret current data to corroborate and justify choices. It is also discussive, with debates around economic issues such as inequality, immigration and how we should pay for health care. Economists will often discuss a range of alternative courses of action to solve complex problems (although we don’t claim to have all the answers).

After Northgate

Economics students can follow a vast range of careers in industry, commerce, finance, journalism, politics, and the civil service. Suitable higher education courses include economics degrees or degrees in applied economics such as environmental economics, labour economics, public sector economics or development economics. Economics will also open the door to many opportunities to enrol on a degree level apprenticeship scheme, including in the field of accountancy.

"A Level Economics isn't just a subject; it's a journey into the fascinating world of understanding how our choices shape economies, societies, and the future. It's a course that empowers students to decipher the world's complex puzzles and equips us with the tools to make informed decisions. A Level Economics is not just great; it's eye-opening and inspiring." 

Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123