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A-Level Economics at Winstanley College

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Why should I study Economics at Winstanley College?

Economics is the study of how societies create wealth and income and some of the unintended consequences in the pursuit of economic growth.  The study of economics can lead to fantastic career opportunities in banking and finance and much, much more.  Economics A-Level is a hugely respected, fast growing course that is taught at Winstanley by experienced examiners in the subject, who will tailor their teaching to individual needs. Within the department there are many opportunities to develop your love of the subject – you could join “Economist reading workshops”, cinema club or undertake extended project assignments (on themes from the credit crunch, privatisation and China’s economic record) We also offer a range of visits to local businesses and national economic institutions based in London to further broaden your knowledge. We often offer visits internationally to New York, Barcelona and Germany. If you need a little extra help, we offer daily drop in tutorials so you can discuss any problems you may be having.

We are also experts in supporting students in their progression to university or apprenticeships.  We Work closely with Deloittes and Ernst and Young. A number of our students have successfully secured apprenticeships in a number of prestigious organisations such as KPMG, PWC, BAE systems and MBDA. We have close links with Manchester University who offer an eight week course in the second year to those who are considering this at degree level. This compliments our close links with the other Russell group universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford, LSE and Warwick.  We are lucky to have a number of alumni in a range of different careers from the Bank of England, top Investment Banks and accountants as well internet start-up entrepreneurs who offer advice for students in planning their futures after college. Students have been hugely successful in entering and winning various heats of the Young Enterprise Company Programme enabling them to experience the challenges entrepreneurship brings.  If speculating on the stock market is more your thing, how about the Student Investor Challenge? Winstanley teams have again been successful in getting through to the National Final!  In short we offer a huge amount of support inside and outside the classroom to ensure all students reach their full potential.

So what is the subject about?

As a highly regarded academic discipline it does have its own key terms, diagrams and academic challenges. Whereas Business Studies looks at how companies deal with problems as they arise e.g. the recession, economics goes into far more depth about the actual root causes of these problems. From significant oil price rises to the economics of the floods, recession, stock market turmoil, pollution, housing booms, bank bailouts, motorway road pricing, wage determination, whether you are better or worse off with a Living Wage, or the economics of £9000 per year for University tuition fees. Economics goes into detail outlining the theory that has been discussed by thinkers for centuries. It can open many pathways to a challenging, fascinating, stimulating and often well paid career, from investment banking, to digital marketing and journalism.

Subjects Combinations

Economics, because it is so very career related, can be studied alongside anything, but it goes well with English, Politics, History, Law, Business, Geography, Philosophy, Maths, Computing and the Sciences.  International Economics courses are growing in popularity so it can be studied alongside languages.  If you are considering an Economics degree later on you should also study maths, however, the maths content on the Economics A-Level course is small.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years