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Economics at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form

Course description

Should we be building new hospitals or new schools? How does a nation create wealth? Who pays for the welfare state and why? How do governments decide how to spend our taxes? Economics is concerned with the problem of scarcity – how to meet infinite wants with finite resources.


Who would it suit?

Do you have a questioning mind? Are you interested in the world around you? Do you enjoy reading, formulating hypotheses, testing others’ models, analysing numbers, and arguing a point? Do you watch the news and read the papers daily? If you have an interest in current affairs this is the subject for you.


“Economics allows you to explore your interest in current affairs and gives you a platform to share your opinions.”


Course content

You will study the following themes: Markets and market failure; the UK economy; Business behaviour and the labour market, and the global perspective. This comprises microeconomics (looking at demand and supply and the behaviour of individuals and firms) and macroeconomics (dealing with issues of growth, inflation and unemployment). Some of the questions you will study are: Why did the international economy nearly collapse in 2007? Why do some essential items cost less than luxury items? What impact will Brexit have on the UK economy?


It will be possible to take an AS Level at the end of the first year, by completing two exams on;

·         Theme 1 – Markets and market failure

·         Theme 2 – The UK economy.

To gain the full A Level students will sit three examinations at the end of the A2 year on the content for the complete course;

·         Paper 1 – Microeconomics (Markets and Business Behaviour)

·         Paper 2 – Macroeconomics (National and Global Economy)

·         Paper 3 – A question drawn from all 4 themes.

Examinations include supported multiple choice questions, data response questions and extended essay writing.

Future opportunities

Economics combines well with many subjects and can lead on to further study or careers in banking and finance, media, law, marketing, government and journalism. The skills developed are much valued by employers as economics involves you in using both writing and mathematical skills.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities include external competitions, investors club, visits, speakers, conferences and university master classes.

Who to contact for more advice?

Mr Rusk

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: 03 October 2016
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