Economics helps you to understand how the world works. You’ll be challenged with ‘real life’ questions such as: what are the implications of BREXIT... are house prices too high... why do some companies earn more revenue that countries... and should there be a tax on fast food?


What will I study?

Economics is different from many A Level subjects in that probably no student will have studied it before starting the course. During the course you will learn about financial markets, economic efficiency and the global economy. Some examples of the issues that form part of your work include:

  • Does income and wealth inequality matter?
  • The impact of economic migrants on the UK economy.
  • The performance of the UK economy in a European and global context.
  • Is UK government borrowing out of control?
  • Does the growth of large multinational companies conflict with the interests of the consumer?
  • Is road pricing the way to reduce congestion?
  • An ageing population – cause for celebration or concern?

Since so much of the economics course can be applied to current events, national and international, there is ample opportunity in lessons for discussion and debate. There is no coursework in this subject – assessment is based 100% on examinations.

Co-curricular activities?

We invite guest speakers from the business community to visit College and speak to students about real life economic issues. We have also organised trips to New York and London to hear speakers such as Tim Harford and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling.

Where might it lead?

Many Computer Science students go on to study Computer Science or similar subjects in Higher Education. But a successful computing student will have gained a broad range of transferable skills considered valuable to universities and employers.

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