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Why choose Edexcel International A-level Economics?

This course aims to give you the skills to:

  • develop an enjoyment of Economics
  • understand the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment
  • become an independent learner and a critical thinker
  • develop data modelling skills
  • develop skills, qualities and attitudes that will prepare you for upcoming
    challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life

This qualification is 100% externally assessed by examination and has a modular structure, with 2 exam sessions each year in January and May/June (not all subjects are available in each exam session). A table of the course structure can be found at the bottom of the page.

Why take this online course with ITS?

  • Value for money – our entry level is FREE.
  • Easy accessibility – all you need is a broadband connection.
  • Flexible learning – choose when, where and how you learn.
  • Individualized for YOU – pick and choose from our add on services according to your needs.
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers – the course is the same that runs in our registered schools.
  • Latest specifications – we are an official centre for this qualification.
  • Full support services – our counsellors can guide you through the course and on to the next step.
  • This course is somewhat similar to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). However, with ITS Education Asia you can ultimately get an official A-level qualification and have the option to access greater levels of support.
  • The course content may be relevant to a variety of exams (IB, AQA, OCR, CIE) and school study. See the unit description for more detail on the content.

What are the prerequisites of this course?

There are no prerequisites, but an I/ GCSE qualification in Economics may be useful.

What can I do with an A-level in Economics?

You can go on to university courses like an honours degree in Economics or related subjects, or choose to enter employment. 
The skills learned by studying Economics are relevant to many careers, such as chartered accountant, chartered public finance accountant, data analyst, economist, financial risk analyst, or forensic accountant.

For more information on specific university requirements related to A-levels, please see our A-levels FAQ page.

For more information on applying to UK universities, see our UCAS page.

If you are an international student taking A-levels the basic offer is made for 3 A-level subjects. It is very important when choosing these subjects that you understand what options you will have for university when the time comes. ITS has a long-established, highly experienced counselling team who can help you make these decisions and plan your academic course. But to start with, try out this excellent tool from the Russel Group which helps you experiment with your subject choices. Then come and see us.

How is the course structured?

You can find the Edexcel course specification here.

The course consists of 4 Units – 2 IAS and 2 IA2 Units 

Unit 1: Markets in Action
Unit 2: Macroeconomic Performance and Policy

Unit 3: Business Behaviour
Unit 4: Developments in the Global Economy

Assessment in January and June

  • External assessment: written examination
  • Each Unit is 80 raw marks
  • Weighting: Each Unit is 25% of the total IAL marks
  • Examination time: Units 1 & 2 – 1 hour 30 minutes; Units 3 & 4 –  2 hours

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