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The A Level Economics online course will give you a sound knowledge of economic principles.

Economics doesn't revolve solely around wealth creation or the financial markets and business performance. It has a huge impact on our everyday lives, through interest rate fluctuations, taxation levels, unemployment, migration and even entertainment.

The Economics A Level syllabus will give you all that knowledge and more. You'll look at large economies and determine the factors that result in success or failure, and learn about the role of government intervention. In the study of macro-economies you'll learn how countries manage their economies and how they impact on the global economy.

You'll study business economics, including the impact of competition and changes in the labour market. You'll also learn about the objectives, costs and revenues of business and consider their role in the wider economy.

Although many A Level Economics students will also be taking A Level Maths, which is required by most university economics degrees, A Level Economics is not highly mathematical. It's a discussion-based subject which requires you to form opinions about the world around you, where there is increasing debate about scarcity of resources and the study of economics plays a key role.


This course will prepare you for the AQA Economics A Level syllabus (9EC0) exams.

The A Level Economics course is split into four themes:

  1. Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
  2. The UK Economy - Performance and Policies
  3. Business Behaviour and the Labour Market
  4. A Global Perspective

Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure

  1. This theme is one of two in this qualification that focuses on microeconomics. This theme introduces students to the microeconomic nature of economics, looking at economic problems and the ways economists think and work.
  2. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed from Theme 1 in Theme 3, making connections across these two microeconomic themes for Paper 1, and across Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Paper 3.
  3. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an  awareness  of  current economic  events  and policies.

Theme 2: The UK Economy - Performance and Policies

  1. This theme is one of two in this qualification that focuses on macroeconomics. This theme introduces the key measures of economic performance and the main instruments of economic policy primarily in a UK context.
  2. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed from Theme 2 in Theme 4, making connections across these two macroeconomic themes for Paper 2, and across Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Paper 3.
  3. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies.

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market

  1. This theme builds on the content of Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure and focuses on business economics.
  2. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed from Theme 1 in Theme 3, making connections across these two microeconomic themes in Paper 1, and across Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Paper 3.
  3. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies.

Theme 4: A Global Perspective

  1. This theme builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies, and applies them in a global context.
  2. Students will need to build upon the knowledge, skills and understanding developed from Theme 2 in Theme 4, making connections across these two macroeconomic themes in Paper 2, and across Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Paper 3.
  3. Students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies.

The A Level Economics course is perfect if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's also a suitable foundation if you're thinking about studying Economics or economics-related subjects at a higher level.

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol on this course.

An A Level in Economics can be the foundation for further education in economics, including at college and university. Continuing your study of economics to a higher level could lead you to a wide variety of careers in economics, finance, business, the public service, research and teaching.

In the workplace, you'll find your Economics A Level will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

Your A Level in Economics can count towards entry to college or university for many subjects. You should contact the institution you're interested in attending to find out their entry requirements.

Students who complete this course often go on to study an Economics or Business degree. You will likely need A Level Maths to take a degree in Economics.

We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step modules so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. Supporting textbooks aren’t provided with this course; however, we strongly recommend that you purchase the following ebooks due to the additional resources they’ll give you:

  1. Edexcel A level Economics A Book 1 Peter Smith, Publisher: Hodder
  2. Edexcel A level Economics A Book 2 Peter Smith, Publisher: Hodder

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

There are three final assessments for the Edexcel A Level Economics specification 9EC0:

  1. Paper 1: Markets and business behaviour
  2. Paper 2: The national and global economy
  3. Paper 3: Microeconomics and macroeconomics

These exams are set nationally by Edexcel, and all assessments must be taken in one exam diet. Exams take place in June every year.

Important Exam Information

Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and give you all the information you need to find a suitable exam centre. You'll need to pay a fee to the centre.

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or speak to one of our course advisors.

Exam centre and registration fees aren't included in your course fees, as they'll be paid directly to your exam centre. The cost will vary depending on which centre you choose, with private schools and colleges generally being more expensive than state schools.

Find out more about arranging your exams here, or contact our A Level course advisors by phone, email or web chat. We're happy to help!




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