Economics is a challenging and rewarding A-level, and critical to any understanding of history or public events. It is, however, more than usually complicated by events, and by the increasing debate in economics over market theory, market failure, macroeconomic policy, the end of the most recent bout of globalisation, and financial markets.

This is a comprehensive course to support new, established, or prospective teachers of the Economics at A-level. It would also be useful for non-specialists interested in broadening their understanding of A Level economics. The sessions are workshop style, with opportunities to ask questions, and to engage in discussion, and materials and resources will be provided.


Attendees will:

  • Gain or deepen their understanding of the content of AQA Economics at A-level
  • Gain a deepened appreciation of the role Economics can play supporting other subjects and career paths
  • Take away strategies, advice, and lesson ideas for effective teaching
  • Take away resources, and strategies for collecting and using contemporary real-world data to enhance student strategies and techniques to gain A03 and A04 points
  • Increase understanding of exam questions, how to support students in maximising their marks, including those top flyers aiming for A/A*
  • Economics teachers
  • Heads of Economics Department
  • LA and Academy Chain advisers
  • Tutors and economics learning coordinators in the independent sector
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice, and guidance
  • Model answers and notes on key topics
  • Powerpoint presentations and files focussed on trade, exchange rates, market structures, market failure, with a 2021 focus
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10.00 – 10:50am: Introduction & Paper 1

  • Requirements of the board; Examiner reports
  • Motivating able students and anticipating their needs in a misinformation-rich environment
  • Cross-disciplinary links to other subjects and teaching the ‘economics mindset.’
  • Key topics in Paper One which have challenged students in the past; market failure, government failure, forms of nationalisation, and price discrimination, with teaching resources and material for classroom delivery.

10:50-11:10am: Break

11:10 – 12:40pm:  Teaching Paper Two 

  • Paper Two and its challenges: financial markets, macroeconomic management, and monetary policy; prudential regulation, ‘glocalisation’ Qe, global monopoly, and Brexit
  • Encouraging the right sort of outside reading and work by students so that they can construct logical, coherent, and substantiated answers
  • Noting overlaps and areas where students become confused after paper one : diagrams and examiner reports
  • Briefing materials for teachers on competition policy, non-tariff barriers, and examples from different industries of supply chain problems following trade regionalisation, as well as material for higher grade students on bubbles and cycles in financial markets

12:40-1:30pm: Lunch and informal discussion

 1:30-2:45pm: Teaching Paper 3

  • Sample Scripts and examiner reports; linking A02 points to A04
  • Linking trade, exchange rates, and market structures to paper 3
  • Preparing students for case studies
  • Useful A02 vocabulary and briefing notes for teachers on key topics to allow for classroom debate, such as financial market management, the advantages and disadvantages of global oligopolies and monopolies, the nature of reserve currency ‘exorbitant privilege’ and alternatives to the post-Bretton Woods system of fiat exchange rates such as bitcoin or the SDR; connections to paper one and paper 3

2:45 – 2:50pm: Short break with informal discussion

2:50 – 3.40pm:  Aids and Pitfalls

  • How to apply answers and develop techniques for potentially disruptive topics to enable students to produce logical, coherent, and substantiated work
  • Common examples of student misunderstanding and misinformation which undermine A04 achievement
  • Sample answers and teaching strategies from housing, poverty, the environment, Brexit, and infrastructure projects
  • Making the most of AQA Resources

3:40pm: Depart

Dr Martin Meenagh

Dr Martin Meenagh is a former independent school Principal, Head of Economics, and Director of Studies. He has been teaching economics for twenty-five years at a variety of institutions and privately, and has experience of AA, Pearson, OCR, CCEA, and IB examinations. He has also taught extensively on engaging and focussed alumni courses for US ivy league programmes in America and Britain, taught at the University of Oxford, and is a non-practising barrister. He now encourages students from a variety of schools to confidently develop their knowledge and skills via private online tuition.