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Level 3

Qualification: A Level

Duration: 2 years

What will I study?

1st Year:

Developing an understanding of economic theory, you will investigate a range of broad economic issues and topics.

These include: how prices are determined in markets, the problems of providing public services such as the NHS and policing and how the credit crunch caused shocks to our economy. Further to this a high standard of English Language skills will be required to evaluate and analyse economic issues and individual’s behaviour as well as being able to use maths skills to a high degree.

2nd Year:

Here you will undertake a more in-depth study (at the ‘micro’ level) of the behaviour of firms and how they operate, the benefits of competition and what is behind the psychology of consumption patterns.

You will also examine a range of macroeconomic issues such as the arguments for and against increased social provision and debates surrounding appropriate levels of taxes. In depth analysis of the impact of China and the UK’s decision to leave the EU will also be part of the focus.

Study Visits

Bloomberg Labs (University of Derby)




Paper 1 Microeconomics: comprising one data response question from a choice of two and one essay from a choice of three titles (2 hours).

Paper 2 Macroeconomics: comprising one data response question from a choice of two and one essay from a choice of three titles (2 hours).

Paper 3 Synoptic: comprising of 30 multiple choice questions and an economic report (2 hours).


Entry Criteria

Grade 5 English. Grade 5 Maths.

Useful Supporting Courses

Any other subjects, especially Maths and Further Maths.


Statistician, Accountant, Stockbroker and Local Government Officer.

Culture Vulture

Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.

Economics Culture Vulture

Flying start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

Economics Flying Start Pack

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

Economics Course Overview