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Economics at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

It's the ECONOMY, stupid!', as former US president Bill Clinton famously observed. A proper undertsanding of the economy is at the heart of an understanding of polictics, business and many developments in the environment and our communities. The world is changing. Is Europe, let alone Britain, likely to be a core player on the international stage over the next few years? Fuel prices continue to rise. For how long will a loaf of Warburtons cost less than £2? What is the connection between the rising price of bread, fuel prices, and changes in the Middle East? This dynamic and exciting course will give you a thorough grounding in Economics and an insight into the issues which affect, the world in which we live, from the opening of a local superstore to unemployment levels in the UK to tackling poverty in developing parts of the world. You will develop knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and theories at the same time developing the skills of critical analysis and thought required by economists.

Course content

The course starts by considering the relationship between firms and consumers (microeconomics) and how the government intervenes to control the allocation of resources. It then goes on to consider the bigger picture – the macro economy. We look at inflation, trade, unemployment and exchange rates, to name but a few areas. In the second year we revisit micro and macroeconomics in greater depth, building on the first year of study.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 or above. In addition, Level 5 in both English and Maths at GCSE. You do not need to have studied Economics previously.


Three papers: one microeconomics, one macroeconomics and a third that covers the whole course. Papers one and two follow the same format: Section A is a data response set of questions, including an essay (40 marks). Section B consists of essay questions – choice from three (40 marks). Paper three consists of multiple choice questions and a data response. All three papers are equally weighted and two hours in length.

Future opportunities

Many Economics students go into careers in the financial and professional services sectors, as well as teaching, government, the police etc

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 2017
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