Six GCSEs 9-4, two from English, Maths OR Science
Two at least grade 6
Specific requirements for Economics:
• GCSE Maths grade 9-5, with GCSE English grade 9-4
You will study microeconomics during both years. You will find out about how consumers and producers make decisions on how much to buy and sell and at what price. You will be able to explain and discuss how the government can influence individual markets to encourage people to do what is right for them or to control the power of large businesses such as Apple or Google.
You will study macroeconomics during both years. You will find out what influences the cost of living, why some people struggle to find employment and whether trade is good for the world. You will be able to explain and discuss what governments can do to create a better standard of living for their citizens and ensure that wealth and income are distributed fairly.
There is no course work. At the end of the 2 year course, you will complete three 120 minutes exam papers on microeconomics, macroeconomics and a combination of both. The papers will contain extended essays and short answer questions which analyse economic data.
During the course you will develop your analytical and evaluative skills. You will learn how to interpret graphs and how to manipulate numerical data. In order to do well on the open response questions you will develop the ability to analyse competing arguments before arriving at an informed evaluative judgement which can be fully justified using the knowledge which you have assimilated over the two year course and the information provided.
Many of our students leave college to take up places at Russell Group universities including Oxford, Cambridge and LSE with many Economics graduates gaining employment in commerce and banking (and some securing roles within the City of London itself).
Economics really broadens your mind. I had never studied the subject before
A Level and now I intend to study it at university
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