A-Level Economics

Course Information

  • Course Code: 7812
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time

Economists are in great demand in all aspects of the business world, local and national governments and universities. It is a highly regarded subject that all universities accept as it develops analytical, quantitative, problem-solving and essay writing skills. A-Level Economics helps students develop an interest and enthusiasm for the subject and its contribution to the wider economic and social environment, whilst applying economic concepts and theories to a range of real world contexts. Students will develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life.

What will I study?

A-Level Economics looks at both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Microeconomics gives students an opportunity to focus on the economic behaviour of individuals and to analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it. Macroeconomics is concerned with the ‘big picture’ aspects of economic management by government and subsequent policy decisions. Topics such as globalisation, international trade and the role of the financial sector are developed during the second year of study.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade 5 in English Language (or equivalent).

A lively interest in current affairs both nationally and internationally is also desirable.

How will I be assessed?

2 Exams in the first year (May) 3 Exams in the second year (micro and macro economics plus synoptic paper) (June)

What can I do next?

Students usually progress into further study at university where an A Level in Economics could help you to get a place on a wide variety of degree courses, or alternatively provide a pathway into careers such as Corporate Strategy, Financial Services and Banking.

Your Study Programme

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For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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