Reasons to study this course

  • It offers a fascinating challenge as it allows you to consider the topical and controversial issues of the day in a lively and analytical way.
  • You will develop an understanding of how individuals make decisions based on economic principles.
  • You will understand what the Government’s aims are and how it attempts to fulfil them.
  • You will learn how governments raise revenue and then decide how to spend this on different projects.

What you will need to study this course

  • GCSE English and Maths minimum grade 5 and average GCSE score of 4.8 or above
  • genuine interest in current affairs and the world around you
  • willingness to read news articles and economics news stories
  • ability to listen to other people’s opinions and contribute to discussions.

What you will study

Year 1 (AS) – Central Economic Problem, How do individuals make decisions? Government Objectives

Year 2 (A-Level) – you will also study Business Economics and industrial theory, Behavioural Economics, Financial Services

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – two 1.5-hour exams

Year 2 (A-Level) – three two-hour exams

The exams are short questions, multiple choice questions and essays based on topical case studies.

Priestley Extra

Visits to the UK and European Parliaments and other financial institutions. Chance to take part in the Bank of England Interest Rate Challenge and the National Stock Market Challenge operated by the Institute of Financial Studies.


Economists are highly sought after – they are the second most highly paid graduates. Those who have a good understanding of the economy will find rewarding occupations in banks and financial institutions, manufacturing and service companies, the media, government and international organisations such as the World Bank. Many of our students choose to go on to study Economics to degree level.

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