Edexcel AS and A level Economics A (2015)

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for the changes to Edexcel AS and A level Economics A from 2015 (first assessment 2016 and 2017). View our specifications and sample assessment materials, read about the key content and assessment changes, and find out about our launch events and the other support that’s available.

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Specification

Specification

A level Economics A 2015 specification
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Qualification type:
A level
Level:
Level 3
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
Economics A
Specification codes:
9EC0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2015
First assessment:
2017

AS level Economics A 2015 specification
Download PDF | 1.1 MB
Qualification type:
AS
Level:
Level 3
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Subject:
Economics A
Specification codes:
8EC0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2015
First assessment:
2016

Edexcel AS and A level Economics A from 2015: The changes explained

Here’s a summary of the changes to AS and A level Economics A, for first teaching in September 2015.

  • The core content requirements constitute 60% of the AS and A level specification content.
  • The labour market and the financial sector form part of the core A level content.
  • Core AS content has been defined.
  • There is a greater emphasis on the application of appropriate quantitative skills in a range of economic contexts, with the inclusion of a quantitative skills annex.
  • AS will be a separate, linear qualification so an AS grade will not contribute to an overall A level grade.
  • The content of the AS can be a subset of the A level to enable co-teaching of the AS and A level qualifications.
  • The assessment of quantitative skills in Economics will include at least level 2 mathematical skills as a minimum of 15% of the overall AS and 20% of the overall A level marks.
  • First AS examinations for the new qualification in 2016.
  • First A level examinations for the new qualification in 2017.
  2014 2015 2016 2017
Current specification Summer series as normal Summer series as normal

Final AS and A2 exams

 
New specification Specifications in centres First teaching* First AS exams First A level exams

* first teaching for one-year AS and two-year A level.  

Our approach

Our new AS and A levels in Economics have been developed in consultation with the teaching community, higher education, learned societies and subject associations.

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  • Clear and coherent structure with four engaging and up-to-date themes.
  • AS level embedded in the A level for a co-teachable qualification.
  • Updated content to support students in thinking like an economist with an introduction to different perspectives and behavioural economics, aspects of economic history and the financial sector.
  • Reflect today's global world with a focus on the current global issues that impact on the economy.
  • Clear assessments with clear and consistent use of command words across assessments and between exam series.
  • All assessments based on real data and real economic issues.
  • Clear mark schemes which reflect how teachers and examiners describe the qualities of student work.
  • Skills for progression, including numeracy, communication, critical thinking and commercial awareness.
  • The A level is structured into 4 coherent themes to support teaching and learning:
    • Theme 1 introduces students to markets and market failure
    • Theme 2 introduces students to performance and policies issues for the UK economy
    • Theme 3 explores business behaviour and the labour market
    • Theme 4 explores the global perspective
  • The AS level is embedded in the A level: Themes 1 and 2 are the same for both the AS and A level specifications.
  • There are 3 externally assessed papers at A level. Each paper comprises 100 marks and is 2 hours in duration. Questions comprise short answer, data response and essay.
  • There are 2 externally assessed papers at AS level. Each paper comprises 80 marks and is 1.5 hours in duration. Questions comprise short answer, data response and essay.

To help guide you through these changes, we've provided a short guide explaining the key changes and approaches to AS and A level Economics A. 

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