Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ




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WJEC A-level Economics

A-level Economics will provide you with a coherent combination of microeconomic and macroeconomic content that will help you to develop an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues and institutions that affect everyday life.


Is this course right for me?

You will need an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics as you will develop an ability to think as an economist. You will learn to understand that economic behaviour can be studied from a range of perspectives as well as developing analytical and quantitative skills.

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to appreciate the contribution of economics to the understanding of the wider economic and social environment and to develop an understanding of a range of concepts and an ability to use those concepts in a variety of different contexts.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B and Maths/Numeracy grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

You will have the opportunity to apply economic concepts and theories using a wide range of contexts and to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena. You will develop an appreciation of the complex and interrelated nature of economics along with analytical and quantitative skills in selecting, interpreting and using appropriate data from a range of sources.

Units to be studied include:

  • Introduction to economic principles
  • Economics in action
  • Exploring economic behaviour
  • Evaluating economic models and policies

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Actuarial analyst, Chartered accountant, Compliance officer, Data analyst, Economist, External auditor, Financial risk analyst, Investment analyst, Political risk analyst, Risk manager, Statistician, Stockbroker.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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