Economics B (Economics & Business), A Level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code SS9
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The overall aim of this course is to help you build knowledge of Business and Economic concepts and apply them to different business situations and economic environments.  The course will help students demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies and make informed judgements about the role of economics and business in society


The course takes economic theory and asks students to apply this to the business world

Theme 1:  Markets, Consumers and Firms

  • Scarcity, choice and potential conflicts
  • Enterprise, business and the economy
  • Market failure and government intervention

Theme 2:  The Wider Economic Environment

  • Business growth and competitive advantage
  • Life in a global economy
  • Introduction to macroeconomic policy

Theme 3:  The Global Economy

  • Economic factors in business expansion
  • Impact of globalisation on global companies
  • Inequality and redistribution

Theme 4:  Making Markets Work

  • Competition and market power
  • Macroeconomic policies and impact on firms and individuals
  • Risk and the financial sector

Themes 1 and 2 are taught in Year 12 with themes 3 and 4 being taught in Year 13

How will it be delivered?

Continuous assessment will be used to inform the students progression in Year 12 and 13.

The A Level will assess ALL content from both years of the course and will be examined by three 2 hour papers in June of the second year of study. 


Paper 1 will cover Themes 1 and 4

Paper 2 will cover Themes 2 and 3

Paper 3 will cover all themes and will be based on a pre-released case study.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and Grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths. 

Your next steps...

Many students have used their skills to work in a variety of careers linked to Business and Economics and beyond - from finance to marketing, sales to law, banking to setting up their own business.

Our alumni include the CEO of Deciem, an Investment Banker at Morgan Stanley, owners of 5 Rivers Cafe in Broomhill, the MD of Resolve IT Solutions, the Marketing Manager at HD Sports Sheffield, as well as teachers, accountants, and postgraduate academics.