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Economics A Level at Bridgwater College

Course description

This course is for anyone who wishes to develop an understanding of the dynamic between consumers, manufacturers and government. Economics is a lively and interesting subject which allows you the opportunity to make your own judgments and form your own opinions. 

Universities have a very high opinion of Economics.  It is very well suited to students who wish to take Maths, Politics, Law and Sociology. If you are looking for a career in investment banking, insurance, stockbroking or as a financial analyst this course is right for you.

Course content

In year one you will focus on both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Microeconomics addresses issues such as: “Why are house prices so high?” and “Should governments interfere with markets?” The macroeconomics issues covered include: “Why does the Government have an inflation rate target and how does it affect us?” and “What happens to the economy if people decide to spend more?”

Topics studied include:

  • Economic problems
  • The allocation of resources in competitive markets
  • Production and efficiency
  • Market failure
  • Government intervention in the market
  • Measurement of macroeconomic performance
  • How the macroeconomy works
  • Economic performance
  • Macroeconomic policy

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs in the A* – C range, including Maths and English at grade C or above.

An interest in economics and political developments are essential to be successful in this course.


  • Essay style examinations
  • Multiple choice questions and a data response question

Future opportunities

Economics is a versatile subject that can help you in a number of careers. Not only could you find yourself working for big corporations, banks or the government but your qualification in Economics could also be valuable in supporting a career in marketing, law, journalism or teaching.

Employees value economics students’ understanding of decision making and their analytical skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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