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.
Course fee per year
Part-time enrolment fee: £0.00
- 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.
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- 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.
Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
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I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
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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