Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Economics B (9EB0) 

This subject will suit students who are considering employment in a wide range of sectors. Economists are sought after in banking, accountancy, business and finance, actuarial and data analysis sectors. However, an economics qualification will boost your employability in many other areas where there is demand for the transferable analytical and problem-solving skills developed on the course - both at A level and degree level. You will find economists in all these fields: human resources, law, journalism, politics, management, public relations, IT, social research, taxation - to name just a few.

Aims of the course

The aims of the course are to encourage candidates to:

  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of the subject
  • appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social
  • environment develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use these concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and develop the ability to think as an economist
  • develop skills, qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life

What is expected of candidates

Candidates are required to:

  • develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life;
  • select, interpret and use appropriate data from a range of sources;
  • analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it;
  •  develop a critical approach to economic models and methods of enquiry;
  • study economic choices and markets;
  •  study the national and international economy.

The use of information technology is an essential part of the course, requiring the development of skills and their application to problem-solving.

 

Assessment

AS level may be achieved at the end of the first year following the two compulsory and externally set examinations. AS grades are not counted as part of the A-Level. For the A-level, students must complete two years and take three assessments at the end of year two.

Assessments are as follows:

Paper

Assessment objectives

Total for all assessment objectives

 

A01

A02

A03

A04

Paper 1: Markets and how they work

6-8%

7-9%

9-11%

8-10%

35%

Paper 2: Competing in the global economy

6-8% 

7-9%

9-11%

8-10%

35%

Paper 3: The economic environment and business

6-8%

7-9%

9-11%

8-10%

30%

Total for this qualification

20-22%

22-24%

28-30%

26-28%

100%

 

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