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Why study this subject?

The Eduqas AS & A level in Economics introduces you to the wide ranging topics of microeconomic and macroeconomic thought that underpin the social and economic issues faced by consumers, businesses and governments today.

By taking the course you will:

  • develop an interest in and enthusiasm for current affairs including: The EU question, what activities should be taxed and why?, government austerity measures, recession and recovery, the role of interest and exchange rates, the importance of price and profits, globalisation to name but a few.
  • appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment
  • develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop an ability to think as an economist
  • understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives
  • develop analytical and quantitative skills, together with qualities and attitudes which will equip you for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

The nature of the course ensures that students have the opportunity to develop a wide range of essential skills required for higher education and employment.

Which Examination Board?


Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the A Level. You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

100% Examination at AS and A Level.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

AS Economics

  • Unit 1: 15% Economic principles, written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes (Multiple choice/Short answer/structured questions)
  • Unit 2: 25% Economics in Action, written examination: 2 hours (Data response paper)

A Level Economics

  • Unit 3: 30% Exploring Economic Behaviour, written examination: 2 hours (Data response paper)
  • Unit 4: 30% Evaluating Economic Models & Policies, written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (Essay paper)