Useful Websites for Economics Students

The websites listed below are useful resources to help you study AS and A2 Economics.

General Economics Sites
http://www.tutor2u.net
This is probably one of the best of the various internet sites that are currently available for students of Economics. It provides a great deal of information on a wide range of topics and one section that is particularly useful is a range of revision notes on different areas of the syllabus. There are also a number of essay plans on different topics and there is an active forum and advice section, as well as regular news updates. There are interactive quizzes and a VLE (virtual learning environment) site. There are also PowerPoint presentations on many topics and a useful Economics blog.
http://brynsaseconomicsblog.blogspot.com
This site is updated regularly and shows the list of topics covered down the left hand side with the number of entries for each topic in brackets. There are useful links to a wide range of resources including not only articles but also video clips.
http://www.s-cool.co.uk
This is one of the better websites, providing a lot of useful information for Economics students. It covers eighteen topic areas and in each of these there is a checklist of the main principles, a QuickLearn section that explains the main elements of that part of the syllabus, with some very helpful diagrams, and revision summaries that go over the main terms and concepts in that particular topic area.
http://www.sparknotes.com/economics/
This site contains Economics Study Guides on twenty topic areas. They also include a test at the end of each one so that you can check your knowledge and understanding of the terms and concepts covered in the guides.
http://www.jusbiz.org
This site is somewhat distinctive in that it aims to focus on the global and ethical dimensions in Economics. There is a lot of useful material and a very good glossary of key terms and concepts. There are also useful links to other sites.
http://www.revisionguru.co.uk/economics
This site provides an Economics textbook which has definitions and explanations of the key terms and concepts across all parts of the syllabus. It also contains some very useful diagrams.
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com
This site, linked to the New York Times, uses Economics as a framework for thinking about many events taking place all over the world.

Television, Newspaper and Magazine Sites
http://www.bbc.co.uk
This is the website of the BBC and is updated regularly. You need to go to the bottom of the home page and click on ‘Business & Money’. There is then a menu on the left hand side of the home page; you just need to go to ‘Business’ and click on ‘Economics’. It provides convenient links to a wide range of related sites including video and audio links as well as articles. There are useful ‘Country Profiles’ providing economic information about countries all over the world and a number of ‘Special Reports’, many of which are of interest to the Economics student.
http://www.cnn.com
This website has a range of articles and video clips on many aspects of economics. You can click on your geographical area of the world or on world business.
http://www.economist.com
There are many magazines and newspapers with websites which will be particularly helpful in gaining up-to-date information about Economics. This is one of the better sites and contains some very good articles, covering all parts of the world, which will help you to consider the application of economic theories to particular events and issues.
http://www.thetimes100.co.uk
This site provides a wide range of case studies featuring a number of internationally known companies. The information is wide ranging and applies many economic theories to particular situations. This site would be especially useful in terms of preparation for the data response question.
http://www.businessweek.com
http://www.ft.com
http://www.theguardian.co.uk
http://www.independent.co.uk
http://www.telegraph.co.uk
http://timesonline.co.uk

All of these newspapers and magazines will have a great deal of economic information that is regularly updated. You should also get into the habit of looking at the websites of the most important newspapers and magazines in your own country and geographical region.

UK Focused Sites
http://www.statistics.gov.uk
This site is particularly useful if up-to-date economic information is required on such topics as taxation, balance of payments, employment, productivity and inflation. It is primarily concerned with statistics that relate to the UK economy.
http://www.bankofengland.co.uk
This site is very useful for information concerning monetary policy and how it works, such as decisions about interest rates. It is also useful in relation to the role and function of a central bank. The Bank of England will focus on UK matters, but each central bank in the world is likely to have its own site. You will need to find out what is the website for the central bank of your country.
http://www.ifs.org
This is the website of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. It covers a range of issues related to fiscal policy, but tends to be focused mainly on the UK.
http://www.economicsuk.com
This is the site of David Smith, the Economics Editor of the Sunday Times, London. The site is independent of the newspaper and aims to provide knowledge and stimulate debate on a wide range of economic issues. It includes material by other people and organisations and there is a very interesting discussion forum.

International focused sites
https://www.cia.gov
This is the site to go to if you want up-to-date information about any country in the world. When the home page comes up, you need to click on ‘World Factbook’; it is on the right hand side under ‘Quick Links’. This will then give you a drop down menu, ‘Select a Country or Location’. You then just need to click on whichever country you need information about. The information is very detailed and is updated on a regular basis.
http://www.un.org
The United Nations website has economic data on all of its member countries.
http://www.worldbank.org
This website is a useful source of information about economic developments in various parts of the world.
http://www.imf.org
This is the site of the International Monetary Fund and it is also a particularly useful site for obtaining information about different countries. Its annual World Economic Outlook is a good source of information.
http://www.wto.org
This is the site of the World Trade Organisation and is extremely useful for gaining information about different countries, especially in relation to their trading relationships with each other.

Professional Association
http://www.ebea.org.uk
This is the site of the Economics and Business Education Association, the main professional body of teachers of Economics in the UK. It is primarily directed at teachers, but students will also benefit a great deal from looking at it.

Resources and learning material needed for the course
a) Textbook:
Alain Anderton A Level Economics for Edexcel: A Level
b) 2 folders
- 1 folder for lesson notes and Homework
-1 folder “Applied Economics”. In this folder you will maintain an up to date record of newspaper articles and reviews articles from periodicals
c) A working email.
Prior to the lesson you will be receiving emails containing the power point presentation for the forthcoming lesson and a corresponding reading list with the articles and textbook pages you will need to read prior and after the lesson

Edexcel Economics Exam Overview

 

AS Economics (Unit 1 – 2)

A2 Economics (Unit 3 and 4)

 

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

 

Competitive Markets

Managing the Economy

Business Economics and Economic Efficiency

The Global Economy

Papers

8 supported choice, plus 1 data response

1 data response

8 supported choice, plus 1 data response, from 2

1 essay, from 3, and 1 data response, from 2

Paper length

I hour 30 mins

1 hour 30 mins

I hour 30 mins

2 hours

Weighting

50% (AS)

25%  (A)

50% (AS)

25% (A)

20% (A)

30% (A)

Code

6EC01

6EC02

6EC03

6EC04

Availability

June

June

June

June

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