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Economics

Course outline

Year 1 Economics – Theme 1: Intro to markets and market failure and Theme 2: The UK economy-performance and policies

Year 2 Economics – Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market and Theme 4: A global perspective

What type of student succeeds at Economics A Level?

Economics is a demanding subject at A Level and students have to be comfortable with numeracy.  There is a fair amount of conceptual thinking, with the main skill being the ability to analyse economic data, interpret graphs and tables, identify trends and explain these using economic theory, often through diagrams therefore students have to have an eagerness to learn and work independently.

Subject requirements at GCSE

Minimum of five GCSEs, grades A*-C including grade 5 in maths and a grade 5 in English GCSE, as this is a rigorous subject from the outset. Additionally, all students must complete the holiday homework set and prior to starting the course an exam may need to be taken.

Complementary subjects

Economics is typically understood to include a fairly wide group of courses, some highly specialised and others more interdisciplinary, thus there are a wide variety of subjects that compliments an A-level in Economics some are Sociology, Maths, Business Studies, Modern languages, Psychology and Geography.

Homework

Students receive homework after every lesson which varies in form in order to engage and familiarise students with current affairs and the jargon used in Economics. Homework ranges from essay questions based on case studies, podcasts and newspaper articles, to creating mark schemes for examination questions. Students are armed with an information pack from the outset that contains revision guides, past papers and mark schemes in order to aid their independent study.

 

Future Directions

Which university courses require Economics A Level?

Economics is a rigorous academic subject which is well respected by both universities and employers.

It is not a necessary requirement for most Economics courses at university.

Which university courses look favourably on Economics A Level?

Economics A-Level is favourable for any degree which requires numerical and analytical thought.

What are the entry requirements to study Economics at university?

Economics entry requirements are high and are anywhere between CBB and A*A*A.

Which careers could Economics A-Level lead to?

Careers in Economics are as diverse as they come, with jobs roles covering everything from Finance, Consultancy, Accounting, Trading, Management, Analyst to Agriculture.