Why study this course?

Economics is a well-established A level course with gains first class results. Many students go on to read economics at prestigious universities including Cambridge and the London School of Economics. Teaching staff have a wealth of experience including examining for AQA. Economics is a very current subject the syllabus and question paper looks at key economic issues of the day. For example recent topics covers have been the UK recession, the financial crisis in banking. The increase in world oil prices and the effect on the UK economy.

How is the course structured?


Unit 1: Markets and Market Failure - 1.15 Hour Written Paper
Unit 2: The National Economy - 1.15 Hour Written Paper


Unit 3: Business Economics and the distribution of Income - 2 Hour Written Paper
Unit 4: The National and 
International Economy - 2 Hour written Pape

What are the entry requirements?

It is expected that students will have obtained at least five good quality GCSE's including both Maths and English. The students are not expected to have taken economics or business studies before. It would be very useful to have an interest in current affairs.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Economics links well with most subjects because it combines mathematical reasoning with the ability to write analytically. Many students combine economics with Maths and Science, whilst other opt to study the subject alongside other social sciences and the Humanities. For any student who is considering taking the subject beyond A level it would be advisable to take Mathematics.

What career paths would this course lead to?

The most obvious links are occupations dealing with finance, such as Accountancy, Banking and Insurance. In addition many students who have done Economics as one of their options have gone on to study Law. Economics graduates are one of the top three graduate earners in the country.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • You will develop a good understanding of how the UK economy operates and be able to construct coherent economic analysis putting forward well-argued explanations as to the current state of the economy and possible ways forward.
  • You will in the process of this learn to handle complex financial data
  • Develop your understanding of economic theory
  • Continue to develop your ability to write high quality reports and essays



The Economists visit to Virgin Trains to discuss the privitisation of the railways with a franchise negotiator.