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GCSE Economics

Official AQA GCSE

Course Codes

OSC1400 / OSC1401

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  • Official and recognised AQA GCSE Economics course.
  • Focus on real world issues.
  • Understand economic activity through the lens of consumers, producers and the government.
  • Option to add your exams to your enrolment, meaning we'll book them for you.
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment.
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Course overview

The General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is the UK’s most widely recognised certification for the end of secondary school education. It is often the entry-level requirement to further study, such as A Levels and apprenticeships.

With our online GCSE Economics qualification, you will learn the foundations of economics including production, costs, revenue, and profit, and understand the national economic structure.

GCSEs are recognised qualifications that are often a gateway to further learning and our GCSE Economics course is perfect if you want to go on and study A Level Economics in the future.

If you choose to enrol on the package, we will pay for and book your exams for you, on your behalf.



Course Duration

Up to one year.

Course Outcome

On exam completion, you will receive your AQA GCSE Economics qualification.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Two paper-based exams.

Course content

Extra info


Throughout your GCSE Economics course, you will have eight tutor-marked assignments to test your progress and knowledge of the units. If you want to receive the full GCSE qualification you will need to sit the official exams.

While you will be formally assessed by completing your exams, you will also need to complete and submit tutor-marked assignments to allow your tutor to monitor your progress.

There are two written exam papers. A more detailed breakdown of the exam details are provided below.

If you add the exams to your enrolment, the examination centres available for you to complete your exams at are as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Romford
  • Belfast

If you choose to add your exams to your enrolment, we will book these for you.

Course Duration

You will have up to one year to for the full GCSE Economics course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for your Economics GCSE by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or online, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Once you have studied the course and successfully passed the examinations, you will be awarded your AQA GCSE Economics.

You will achieve a grade between 1 and 9 depending on your performance in your exams.

Exam details

Paper 1: How markets work

Topics assessed:

  • Economic foundations
  • Resource allocation
  • How prices are determined
  • Production, costs, revenue and profit
  • Competitive and concentrated markets
  • Market failure

Assessment type

Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)

80 marks

50% of GCSE

Question types

  • Section A: 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.
  • Section B: 5 questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses

Paper 2: How the economy works

Topics assessed:

  • Introduction to the national economy
  • Government objectives
  • How the government manages the economy
  • International trade and the global economy
  • The role of money and financial markets


Assessment type:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

80 marks

50% of GCSE


Question types

  • Section A: 10 multiple choice questions followed by a range of calculation, short and extended response questions.
  • Section B: 5 questions involving a mix of calculations, short and extended responses.


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