International A Level Economics Course

International A Level Economics Course will help you apply economic theory to support analysis of current economic problems and issues, and encourage students to appreciate the interrelationships between microeconomics and macroeconomics.  This course should allow students to relate what they are learning to the world around them – locally, nationally and globally.

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Course Description

This International A Level Economics Distance Learning is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject or for anyone who wishes to study at a higher level at University and gain UCAS points. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.

International A Level Economics CIE exams are in June and November (Also March for India).

International A Level Economics Edexcel exams are in January, June and October.

Our courses at Home Study Zone allow our students to work at their own pace and we work to ensure all our student’s needs are met. Our resources will cover the requirements of the course making sure you stay on track with the subject you choose.


The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.





AS Level


Candidates for the Cambridge International AS Level in Economics study the following topics:-


basic economic ideas and resource allocation


Scarcity, choice and opportunity cost

Positive and normative statements

Factors of production

Resource allocation in different economic systems and issues of transition

Production possibility curves


Classification of goods and services


The price system and the micro economy


Demand and supply curves

Price elasticity, income elasticity and cross-elasticities of demand

Price elasticity of supply

Interaction of demand and supply

Market equilibrium and disequilibrium

Consumer and producer surplus


Government microeconomic intervention


Maximum and minimum prices

Taxes (direct and indirect)


Transfer payments

Direct provision of goods and services

Nationalisation and privatisation


The macro economy


Aggregate Demand (AD) and Aggregate Supply (AS) analysis


Balance of payments

Exchange rates

The terms of trade

Principles of absolute and comparative advantage



Government macroeconomic intervention


Types of policy: fiscal policy, monetary policy, and supply side policy

Policies to correct balance of payments disequilibrium

Policies to correct inflation and deflation

The AS level consists of two examinations papers.


Full A’ Level


Candidates for the Cambridge International A’ Level in Economics study the ABOVE AS Level topics and the following:-


basic economic ideas and resource allocation


Efficient resource allocation

Externalities and market failure

Social costs and benefits; cost-benefit analysis


The price system and the micro economy


Law of diminishing marginal utility

Indifference curves and budget lines

Types of cost, revenue and profit, short-run and long-run production

Different market structures

Growth and survival of firms

Differing objectives of a firm


Government microeconomic intervention


Policies to achieve efficient resource allocation and correct market failure

Equity and policies towards income and wealth redistribution

Labour market forces and government intervention

Government failure in microeconomic intervention


The macro economy


Economic growth, economic development and sustainability

National Income statistics

Classification of countries


The circular flow of income

Money supply (theory)

Keynesian and Monetarist schools

The demand for money and interest rate determination

Policies towards developing economies; policies of trade and aid


AS Level


Candidates for the Edexcel International AS Level Economics study the following topics:-


Unit 1: Markets in action


Introductory concepts

Consumer behaviour and demand


Price determination

Market failure

Government intervention in markets


Unit 2: Macroeconomic performance and policy


Measures of economic performance

Aggregate demand (AD)

Aggregate supply (AS)

National income

Economic growth

Macroeconomic objectives and policies


The AS level consists of two examinations papers.


Full A’ Level


Candidates for the Edexcel International A’ Level Economics study the ABOVE AS Level topics and the following:-


Unit 3: Business behaviour


Types and sizes of businesses

Revenue, costs and profits

Market structures and contestability

Labour markets

Government intervention


Unit 4: Developments in the global economy


Causes and effects of globalisation

Trade and the global economy

Balance of payments, exchange rates and international competitiveness

Poverty and inequality

The role of the state in the macroeconomy

Growth and development in developing, emerging and developed economies


The Full A’ Level consists of four examinations papers.

Q & A

Will I require any previous knowledge to start this course?

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

What is included with this course?

  • In-depth study materials covering the full specification
  • Two years tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback

Will I need to purchase any books?

You will not need to purchase any books as we cover everything that is required in the course materials unless otherwise stated on the course page.

Are there any additional costs?

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

I live overseas, would I be able to take this course?

Yes, this course is available to international students, however if there is an examination at the end of the course, please contact us at [email protected] in order that we can advise you further.

Do I have to pay for delivery?

For paper-based courses, delivery is free to the UK. A delivery fee will be payable for paper-based courses sent outside the UK. Please click here for delivery information.

How many hours should I allow for this course?

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 300 and 350 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Can I complete this course sooner if I wish to?

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course.

Will I gain UCAS points?

Yes you will gain UCAS points and these depend on your final grade once you have completed your exams.  A UCAS points table can be found by clicking here.

What is the course title and code for this qualification?

A’ Level Economics CIE: 9708

A’ Level Economics: YEC11

Awarding Organisation


Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and their qualifications are taken in over 160 countries and recognised by universities, education providers and employers across the world.



Edexcel was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC), the country’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, and the University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC), one of the major exam boards for GCSEs and A levels.

In the UK, Edexcel work with more than 5,000 secondary schools, 450 further education colleges, 70 higher education institutions and more than 700 employers and training providers. As the company responsible for marking the national Key Stage 2 and 3 tests, they are also now working with 20,000 junior schools. Internationally, Edexcel operate in 112 countries and every year more than four million people trust their respected learning programmes and qualifications.



knowledgeable-tutors-onlineCourse fees for payment in full include:


  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutors via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources.
  • Help with UCAS application if attending University.
  • Tutor references once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Free CV writing service on completion of course.


Course Cost and Advantages of Studying with Home Study Zone Pay in Full
One-off Payment
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Access to Study Materials
Access to Student Resources
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Tutor SupportUnlimited for 2 years
Assignment SubmissionsUnlimited

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