Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

GCSE Economics

This specification in GCSE Economics is available for first teaching from September 2009. We will make the first awards in 2011.

This specification provides students with a tool-kit of concepts, ideas and skills. This allows them to:

  • critically investigate and analyse problems;
  • evaluate information and evidence; and
  • arrive at reasoned conclusions and judgements.

Studying a course based on this specification gives students opportunities to engage with a wide range of important issues. For example:

  • What is the real cost of alcohol and tobacco consumption?
  • What causes house, food and fuel prices to rise and fall?
  • Why do some people earn so much more than others, and are such differences justified?
  • What should be the most important priorities for government economic policy?
  • What are the pros and cons of globalisation?

This specification gives students opportunities to critically investigate and analyse problems, evaluate information and evidence, and arrive at reasoned conclusions and judgements. It helps them to develop their problem-solving abilities as well as their thinking and study skills. It also provides opportunities to work with other students in teams.

The specification gives students a sound foundation for the study of economics and related subjects at AS and A level.