Economics (2140)

This is our previous specification.
For our new specification see:

AS and A-level Economics (7135, 7136)

Some GCSEs and A-levels are changing for first teaching in September 2015, with the Government introducing new regulations about subject content and assessment. Our new AS and A-level specifications for Economics and Business will be available to download after 11am on 12 June.

A-level Economics helps students:

  • develop an interest and enthusiasm for economics and its contribution to the wider political and social environment
  • develop an understanding of a range of concepts and acquire an ability to use these concepts in a variety of different contexts
  • develop an enquiring, critical and thoughtful 'economist's mind'
  • practice skills, qualities and attitudes which will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life
  • develop an understanding of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life
  • apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts and appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena
  • analyse, explain and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the market economy and the role of government within it.

This course has no coursework or controlled assessment units. It is not necessary for students to have studied GCSE Economics before starting work on this specification and no prior knowledge of economics is necessary.

A-level consultations have been launched. Find out what this means for your subject on our Changes to A-levels page.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


The last January exams for AS and A2 were in January 2013.
The exams are now only in June due to Changes to A-levels.

Codes and references

Qualification type AS and A-level
Specification title Economics
Specification code 2140
Certification code 1141 AS
2141 A2
QAN codes 50022027

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