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Course Description

Choose economics if you want to understand the challenging decisions that face modern political and business leaders in their attempts to manage resources more effectively (not necessarily ethically). Economics is widely respected as a challenging subject by universities and employers.

There aren’t many A-Level subjects as dynamic as Economics. The news is full examples of Economics in action such as:

How Economics can help provide answers to the challenges of climate change and environmental damage

The winners and losers from increasing protectionism

The future of work in an era of artificial intelligence

Money makes the world go around. It plays a big part in politics, society, law, geography, and almost everything else in life. Understanding how people, companies, and countries control their money is one of the most valuable skills to any employer.

But, economics is much more than pounds and dollars. It’s a fascinating study of psychology, of why people make the decisions they make, and how resources are spread out around the world. Economics is studied in two main strands:

  • Microeconomics is the study of how individual parties (people, groups, and businesses) use their wealth.
  • Macroeconomics looks at entire economies. The unemployment, inflation, and monetary challenges of cities, countries, and continents.

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

An introduction to economic principles and how they influence the markets for goods and services. We will study how some markets can fail societies and what the government can do to reduce such problems. This theme introduces you to the microeconomic nature of economics. Looking at economic problems and the ways economics think and work.

Theme 2: The UK economy – performance and policies

This unit is based on identifying the UK macroeconomic objectives and how economic performance can be measured. You will then study the policies the government uses to meet these objectives and their impact upon living standards. This unit explores the main instruments of economic policy primarily in a UK context.

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market

This theme builds on the content of theme 1. Citizens in developed economies are dependent on the goods and services that businesses provide. You will study how a firm’s objectives, behaviours and profits are influenced by the level of government intervention and market structure in which it operates.

Theme 4: A global perspective

This unit applies theory covered in theme 2 to other developed countries with an additional focus on emerging and developing economies. You will identify causes of poverty and inequality and constraints on economic development and competitiveness. For the first time students will study the financial sector and its significant impact on globalisation.–oh-yes-and-theyre-women/#58c02b5a714a


Why choose this subject?

Economists study studies human behaviour, how markets work and how they fail. We seek to understand the dynamics of change at a micro level (e.g. within an industry) and at a macro level (e.g. within and between countries)

The social science of economics has gained increasing prominence since the credit crunch of 2008 with resources, such as money and housing, in critical shortage and seemingly inadequate for a population with unlimited needs and wants. These pressures are evident in and around Southend as the government seeks to cut spending on health and education in an area of population growth and youth unemployment. Our department wants to make students aware of how these economic events may influence their lives.

A Level Economics has never been more popular as a course choice and the increasing presence of economics in the national media and consciousness makes this an ideal time to study the subject. At Cecil Jones we seek to make the study of economics as fascinating, accessible and challenging as possible.


Economics asks big questions, such as why countries develop, why inequality persists and what the future of work will be like. It thinks about how to design internet platforms and health systems and policies to tackle climate change. It also studies human behaviour, including co-operation, peer effects and pro-social behaviour.


Economics is the most powerful social science with economists working in key roles in government departments and at the Bank of England, not to mention international organisations such as the World Bank.


Economics graduates are among the highest paid. Studying economics gives students great analytical skills and trains them to be comfortable with data. Most economics graduates won’t go on to be economists; but they will be hired as data analysts, consultants, financial analysts, policy and strategy advisors, researchers, accountants.

The products and services you use every day are only available because of an increasingly complex system of global markets. Economists seek to understand how households, business and governments interact and make decisions that influence our present and future living standards.

Economics is always changing–oh-yes-and-theyre-women/#58c02b5a714a

How will you be assessed?

The A Level will be assessed on 3 x 2 hour exams at the end of year 13.  Each exam consists of a mixture of multiple choice, data response and extended open response questions and are worth 100marks per paper.

Paper 1: Markets and business behavior (Themes 1 and 3) 35%

Paper 2: The national and global economy (Themes 2 and 4) 35%

Paper 3: Microeconomics and macroeconomics (All themes) 30%


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