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Everything from the latest figures for economic growth, the role of the government in providing health care, the price of a pint of milk, traffic congestion, the behaviour of consumers and businesses, the impact of business on the environment and global economic problems are all affected by economics. On this course you will gain understanding of the concepts behind these economic issues.

Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above, (please refer to the Entry Requirements section for further details).

How will I be assessed?

100% examination

What will I study?

A level Economics is structured into three themes and consists of three externally examined papers. You will build knowledge and understanding of core economic models and concepts in microeconomics, macroeconomics and trade and development. You will need to apply your knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar contexts in the assessments and demonstrate an awareness of current economic events and policies. You will be encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and to develop the ability to think as an economist.

Where will this course lead me?

Students will develop transferable skills that support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment. Students can progress from this qualification to studying economics at university. Alternatively, students may choose to study a Business Economics, Mathematical Economics or Business degree. Students can progress to a wide range of careers ranging from finance, banking, insurance, accountancy, management and consultancy, to becoming professional economists
Economics, History, Mathematics
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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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