Economics A Level


Economics A Level

About the course

Economics is a social science concerned with income, wealth and well-being and the factors that influence how people, families, firms and governments make decisions. It examines the production and consumption of goods and services, and how this can best be organised to suit the competing objectives of consumers, firms and governments.

• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language

• Grade 6 or above in GCSE Mathematics

• At least one grade 5/C and one grade 6/B in GCSE written subjects. One of these must be English Language. Other written subjects include History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies (full course)

International students:

• Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. 

• IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

In the first year, you will be introduced to the basic economic problem of scarcity, unlimited wants, and how the market allocates scarce resources. You will consider the government’s role in managing the economy and how it achieves the macroeconomic objectives of economic growth, reducing unemployment, and equality in the distribution of income. 

In the second year, you learn about the economics of business behaviour. For example, you will study how firms make price and output decisions and how the behaviour of one firm is affected by the actions of another. You will also study global economics and consider issues such as trade, globalisation, and development. Furthermore, you will learn about the role of banks and financial markets in the global economy.

Throughout the course you will develop knowledge of the main economic trends over the past 25 years and be able to compare recent and historical economic events. You will also be introduced to different economic thinkers and look at how these thinkers have influenced economic policy and debate.


Assessment is through three written-based exams at the end of the second year of the course. 

Students who study this A Level often progress onto university to study courses such as Economics, Finance, Management and other Business-related Degrees. It also lends itself to study of other Social Science or Humanities subjects such as Government and Politics and History. If you want to study Economics at university it is recommended that you also study A Level Mathematics.

I would really encourage other students to come here as there are so many opportunities to take if you want them

Sheikh Abeed Rahman

Sheikh Abeed Rahman

Studied: A Levels in Economics, Maths and Sociology

Destination: KPMG gap year programme and then a degree in Economics at Exeter University

After completing his A Levels, Sheikh Abeed Rahman has been on a renowned work experience programme with one of Europe’s largest integrated accounting firms, KPMG.

The Sixth Form College’s Careers Service sourced the opportunity for Abeed before he goes to Exeter University to study Economics.

He said: “Studying Economics at City and Islington College made me certain that I wanted to pursue a career in that field. My teachers really encouraged me and I enjoyed attending their lessons.

“The College has such a diverse range of students and extremely helpful teachers. I particularly enjoyed the fact that I was allowed to be independent and was treated as an adult rather than a child. I would really encourage other students to come here as there are so many opportunities to take if you want them.”

During his time at the Sixth Form College, Abeed was also awarded a place on the renowned Herbert Smith Freehills Networked scholarship scheme, which will help to support his studies financially and professionally over the next five years.

Course information

Start date
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09 September 2019

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
2 Years
Sixth Form College
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
School Leavers

All full-time courses are FREE to UK and EU residents aged 16-18 on 31 August in their first year of study.

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