GCE Economics (2016)

The CCEA GCE Economics specification provides an insight into behaviours that influence income, wealth and well-being. Economics is a social science that incorporates mathematics and statistics.

Economics connects to physical sciences, politics, law and geography. It covers contemporary economic issues in local, national and global contexts.

It’s not just about money and business; it covers wider social and environmental issues including climate change, globalisation and the distribution of wealth.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

In the AS units, students consider how markets work, examine market failure and evaluate government intervention.

Students who continue to A2 examine organic growth, mergers and takeovers and economic behaviours in competitive and non-competitive markets.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit AS 1: Markets and Market Failure
  • Unit AS 2: Managing the National Economy
  • Unit A2 1: Business Economics
  • Unit A2 2: Managing the Economy in a Global World.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2016
First award of AS level: from Summer 2017
First award of A level: from Summer 2018
QAN AS level: 601/8376/7
QAN A level: 601/8377/9
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3
Subject Code: 4410

Skills developed through our GCE Economics

This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. There are opportunities for group discussions and debates on local and global economic issues, building on students’ oral and written communication skills. Creating and interpreting charts and financial data, on topics such as interest or exchange rates or market supply issues, develops mathematical, analysis and evaluation skills. There are opportunities for online and offline research, and using ICT. Students learn the skills of self-management, working with others and problem solving through group and individual work.

For more information on this specification contact:

Jill Armer
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2426
Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2291