Highgrove Education

A level Economics

Are you curious about the world of economics and how it shapes our global landscape? The International A level in Economics hones your quantitative skills by tackling real-world economic challenges head-on. From dissecting global economic trends to exploring the economies of developed and developing nations, this course helps you better understand how economics impacts a wide range of contemporary issues. You’ll master essential skills like interpreting economic data, crafting extended responses, and apply economic concepts to real-life situations, preparing you to make informed decisions in our ever-changing world.

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational AS Economics, International A level Economics
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary, June and October

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length1 year AS Economics, then 1 year A level Economics
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 5 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 1 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 10
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 260 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 50 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible

AS Level

Unit 1: Markets in action
  • Introductory concepts
  • Consumer behaviour and demand
  • Supply
  • Price determination
  • Market failure
  • Government intervention in markets
Unit 2: Macroeconomic performance and policy
  • Measures of economic performance
  • Aggregate demand (AD)
  • Aggregate supply (AS)
  • National income
  • Economic growth
  • Macroeconomic objectives and policies

A2 Level

Unit 3: Business behaviour
  • Types and sizes of businesses
  • Revenue, costs and profits
  • Market structures and contestability
  • Labour markets
  • Government intervention
Unit 4: Developments in the global economy
  • Causes and effects of globalisation
  • Trade and the global economy
  • Balance of payments, exchange rates and international competitiveness
  • Poverty and inequality
  • The role of the state in the macroeconomy
  • Growth and development in developing, emerging and developed economies

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International Economics A level Specification: click here


  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Economics A level


  • A minimum grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and English Language and a strong set of GCSE grades, including several at grade 7 or above.

Year 12 International AS

2 Exams(105 minutes each exam)
Paper 1Markets in action (50% of the total of AS, 25% of the total of A level)
Paper 2Macroeconomic performance and policy (50% of the total of A2, 25% of the total of A level)

Year 13 International A level

2 Exams(120 minutes each exam)
Paper 3Business behaviour (25% of the total of A level)
Paper 4 Developments in the global economy (25% of the total of A level)

Progression to University

An Economics A level is beneficial for a variety of university courses. It’s commonly required or advantageous for programs in economics, finance, business and management, accounting, international relations, and public policy. The analytical and critical thinking skills honed in Economics are transferable to fields like law, politics, and social sciences. Whether you aspire to be an economist, financial analyst, policymaker, or entrepreneur, an Economics A level is a solid foundation for a wide range of academic and career paths, equipping you with a deep understanding of global economic forces and their impact on society.

Pupils looking to study Economics at university are advised to take an A level in Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

We also offer the following A levels

Our core A level subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher: 

We have an even wider selection of A levels available via our independent learning and tutoring programmes, including: