Official Documents & Syllabuses


Publications from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Future Audit work of the QAA

QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Economics (2015)

"defines what can be expected of a graduate in the subject, in terms of what they might know, do and understand at the end of their studies."

QAA Benchmark Document for Economics (2007)

aims "to make explicit the general academic characteristics and standards of honours degrees in the UK."

Teaching Excellence Framework

A grading scheme for institutions, developed by the Department for Education in England, introduced in 2016 with ratings first published in 2017.

Economics A-Level Syllabuses

These are PDF files requiring the free Adobe Acrobat reader.

Ofqual's AS and A Level Subject Criteria for Economics (PDF).

Below are the syllabuses for GCE A-Level and related courses in Economics in the UK, along with the home pages of the respective examining boards.

Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR)

Home PageEconomics A and AS-Level specifications | Economics A and AS-Level specifications (pre-September 2015)

Pearson Qualifications

Home Page | Edexcel Specifications and related materials:

Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)

Home Page | Economics A-Level Specification |Economics A-Level Specification (pre-September 2015)

Welsh Joint Education Committee

Home Page | GCE Economics Specification

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Home Page | National Qualifications in Economics

Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA NI)

Home Page | Revised GCE: Economics