Economics is the study of how societies, governments, businesses, households and individuals allocate their scarce resources to produce valuable goods and services, and how these are distributed among different people. This means that as a society, we must make informed choices to ensure that our resources are used in the most efficient and ethical way.

Board and specification code

OCR Specification code H460

Is Economics for you?

Economics is for students who are interested in the everchanging modern world and its interconnectivity. This subject is also about people and how we behave individually as well as in a society. Students will be expected to take an active interest in current affairs, confront serious ethical issues and engage in debate and discussion.

Course content/components

  • Component 1: Microeconomics: The study of the economic behaviour of individuals, households and firms (33.33%)
  • Component 2: Macroeconomics: The study of the behaviour of whole economies and the role of government policies (33.33%)
  • Component 3: Themes in Economics: Explaining and exploring a range of ‘real world’ issues and contexts (33.33%)

Recommended Entry Requirement

At least Grade 7 in Mathematics GCSE and a genuine interest in current affairs.

Post A Level Options

Students with A Level Economics have access to a wide range of higher education opportunities and possible careers such as law, business, accounting, politics, banking, finance and, of course, economics itself.