Economics - A2

L3 Level 3
Full Time
3 September 2024 — 21 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This course covers a combination of microeconomics and macroeconomics which develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories, through consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions which affect everyday life locally, nationally and globally.

A2 Economics is a one-year course and should be taken alongside two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

It may be possible to take this course as a part-time student.

What you will study

You 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.  You will 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.

There is the opportunity to develop an awareness of contemporary economic issues relevant to the Welsh economy and an understanding of the recent economic history of Wales using publically accessible information.  You will study the role markets play and the way in which governments seek to manage them.

After studying units 1 and 2 at AS, the A2 course covers:

A2 Unit 3:  Exploring Economic Behaviour
Written exam:  2 hrs;  30% of qualification
Structured questions based on A2 content.  One compulsory data response.  Covers all A level content.

A2 Unit 4:  Evaluating Economic Models and Policies
Written exam:  2 hrs 30 mins;  30% of qualification
One essay in each section:
Section 1 - Microeconomics
Section 2 - Macroeconomics
Section 3 - Trade and development.
Covers all A Level content.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.

Key information

Start date

3 September 2024

End date

21 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



WJEC Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics


What our students say

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Career prospects & further study


Fantastic university progression routes! With hundreds of students gaining places at Oxbridge, Russell Group and other leading universities. In fact, this year more than 500 students achieved their firm or insurance choice through UCAS, with nearly 100 being Russell Group universities!

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
  • Economic
  • Government and Politics
  • IT
  • Maths
  • Quantity Surveying


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE