A Level Economics

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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.

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

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

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.

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

  1. Live Induction Webinar
  2. Interactive Quizzes
  3. Progress Checks
  4. Peer Discussions
  5. E-books
  6. Personal Journal
  7. Edexcel 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

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. They’ll answer questions 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 assessments. 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 be aware that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll help you find a suitable exam centre, usually a nearby school or college, and give you all the information you need to book your place. You'll have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.

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Exam centre and registration fees are additional to your course fees. The cost will vary according to the exam centre you use.

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