How do you distinguish between value creation and value allocation? What data do you select to frame simple assumptions that make a complex problem manageable? An A level in Economics will help you start understanding the contribution economics makes to the wider social environment.
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This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.
A GCSE or equivalent qualification in economics or maths is strongly recommended for this course.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 300 and 350 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours, 35% of marks
- 2 hours, 35% of marks
- 2 hours, 30% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
- Edexcel A level Economics A Book 1, Peter Smith, Hodder Education 2015
- Edexcel A level Economics A Book 2, Peter Smith, Hodder Education 2015
Maths Skills for A Level Economics, Jim Lawrence, Oxford University Press 2014
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How to enrol
How to enrol
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Section 1 - Introduction to economics
- The nature of economics
- Production and specialisation
Section 2 - Supply and price
- Price mechanism
Section 3 - Market failure and government intervention
- Market failure
- Government intervention
- Government failure
Section 4 - The UK economy – performance measures
- Measuring economic performance
- Aggregate demand
- Aggregate supply
Section 5 - The UK economy – income, growth and policies
- National income
- Economic growth
- Macroeconomic objectives and policies
Section 6 - Business behaviour
- Economic activity
- Revenues, costs and profit
- Price and competition
Section 7 - Markets
- Markets and competition
- Labour market
- Income and wealth
Section 8 - Government intervention in markets
- Intervention to control competition
- Intervention in markets
- Impact of government intervention
Section 9 - International economics
- Why trade?
- Recording and financial international trade
- How countries compete
- Poverty and inequality
Section 10 - Macroeconomic strategies and policies
- International growth and development
- Strategies to promote growth and development
- The financial sector
- The role of the state in the global economy
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