About this course
The Economics AS Level programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
This programme covers a combination of microeconomics and macroeconomics, which will develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories, through consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life locally, nationally and globally.
Students will learn to apply economic concepts and theories using a wide range of contexts and to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena. Learners will also develop an appreciation of the complex and interrelated nature of economics and analytical and quantitative skills in selecting, interpreting and using appropriate data from a range of sources. Furthermore, pupils will have the opportunity to develop an awareness of contemporary economic issues relevant to the Welsh economy and gain an understanding of the recent economic history of Wales using publicly accessible information. Finally, students will study the role markets play and the way in which governments seek to manage them.
What you will study
The course covers two units:
AS Unit 1: Introduction to Economic Principles
Written examination: 1 hour 15 min (15% of A level qualification - 55 marks)
Multiple choice and structured questions.
AS Unit 2: Economics in Action
Written examination: 2 hours (25% of A level qualification - 80 marks)
Compulsory data response questions.
Course fee per year
Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00
A minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade A* - C to include English and Maths. Individual subjects may require higher grades.
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
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Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Business Management
- Government and Politics
- Quantity Surveying
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