A2 Level Economics · AQA (legacy)
Week 1: Monday 3 - Friday 7 April
Week 2: Monday 10 - Friday 14 April
Week 3: Monday 17 - Friday 21 April
Length of Course
2pm to 6pm daily
A large focus of the course is to teach students how to translate their economic knowledge and understanding of theory and present it in the contextualised structure required by examiners. This is a key strategic skill for A level candidates, and participants in the course will benefit from the shared knowledge and experience of tutors that work as examiners for the exam boards.
The course examines key topic areas and extensive use will be made of exam-based A2 level questions to illustrate relevant principles. The course will cover most aspects of the syllabus. Particular emphasis will be placed on topic areas that students generally find the most difficult.
The course consists of the following topics:
Unit 3 ECON 3 · Economics: Business Economics and the Distribution of Income
We will build on the knowledge developed in Unit 1. We will look at how to use and evaluate more complex microeconomic models; for example, perfect competition, monopoly and oligopoly, and to develop a critical approach to such economic models and methods of enquiry. Students will need to demonstrate a realistic understanding of the decisions made by firms and how their behaviour can be affected by the structure and characteristics of the industry. We will look at a more formal understanding of economic efficiency and the arguments for and against
government intervention in markets.
Unit 4 ECON 4 · Economics: The National and International Economy
Unit 4 is synoptic. Students should be able to apply the AD/AS analysis from Unit 2 to the issues raised in this unit. We will analyse and evaluate the causes of changes in macroeconomic indicators in greater depth. We will look at the consequences of changes in macroeconomic indicators. Students will develop their knowledge of trends and developments in the economy which have taken place during the past ten years and also have an awareness of earlier events to give recent developments a longer term perspective.
AS (legacy) Economics units may be available on request.