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A Level Economics

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Those who have a good understanding of Economics will find rewarding occupations in finance, banking and management.

Overview of the course: 

Awarding Body - AQA

Students will apply economic theory to support analysis of current economic problems and issues and appreciate the interrelationships between microeconomics and macroeconomics. The content is engaging and students will relate to what they are learning to the world around them - locally, nationally and globally. Students will sit the AS exams at the end of year one and the A level exams at the end of year two.

Entry requirements: 

For Economics you will need grade 5-6 or above in GCSE Mathematics.

For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of five 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics.

For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of six 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at 7-9 grade.
Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


AS Level

• Economic methodology and the economic problems
• Price determination in a competitive market
• Production, costs and revenue
• The market mechanism, market failure and government intervention in markets
• The measurement of macro economic performance
• Economic performance
• Competitive and concentrated markets
• How the macro economy works
• Macro economic policy


All of the above, plus

• Perfect competition, imperfectly competitive markets and monopoly
• The labour market
• The distribution of income and wealth: poverty and inequality
• How the macro economy works: the circular flow of income, AD/AS analysis and related concepts
• Financial markets and monetary policy
• Fiscal policy and supply side policies
• The international economy

How is the course assessed?: 

Written examinations in June. Regular homework and class assessment

Further study options after this course: 

Economics is an established academic subject which can provide an excellent base for progression into higher education. Economists are highly sought after.

Length of the course: 

2 Years, Full Time.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (27 Jun 2019 13:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

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