A-level Economics (Edexcel)

Course Information

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics is structured into four themes and consists of three externally examined papers.

Students are introduced to economics in Themes 1 and 2 students will be introduced to the nature of economics, how markets work and why they fail. Students will also consider the role of government and the UK economy. In Theme 3 and Theme 4 students will explore how businesses grow and compete, the labour market and how the government intervenes to make markets work better. Students will also explore international trade, inequality within and between countries, emerging and developing economies and the public finances. Students will also have an opportunity to consider the role and impact of the financial sector.

Students are encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics, to understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives and to challenge assumptions.

Course Requirements

5 GCSEs graded 9 – 5 including Maths at grade 6.
Grade 6 in English required.

Year 1 Study

Theme 1: Introduction to Markets and Market Failure
Theme 2: The UK Economy- Performance and Policies

Year 2 Study

Theme 3: Business Behaviour and the Labour Market
Theme 4: Global Perspective

Assessment Information

Students will be writing an externally set exam at the end of the two-year programme for A-level. This will include:

  1. Paper 1: Markets and business behaviour *Paper code: 9EC0/01 35% of the total qualification.
  2. Paper 2: The national and global economy *Paper code: 9EC0/02 35% of the total qualification.
  3. Paper 3: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics *Paper code: 9EC0/03 30% of the total qualification.

Teaching and Learning Styles

There will be variety of teaching and learning styles such as group discussion, case study analysis, independent & group research, presentation, role play, mini projects, independent learning, class discussion with varied class and exam practice activities, student-led teaching, and out-of-school learning activities. Students are also given home learning as a form of extended learning to strengthen their understanding of a taught topic and encourage independent learning.

Independent Study

Students will be required to take responsibility for their independent learning, which will take many forms such as research; private study, completion of homework and extra study time to extend their learning, which requires good time management.


This subject is useful if you want to go on to study Economics or another related degree at university. Common career paths for Economics graduates include Banking and Accountancy. It is also suitable for those considering careers in most business areas, as well as law. During their course of study student will be exposed to:

  • Bank of England trip
  • KMPG Employability Workshop
  • PwC Apprenticeship Workshop

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