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Economics AS & A Level at Sir John Deane's College

Course description

You cannot watch the news on television without Economics featuring heavily. It is a fantastically interesting subject which really does help students understand and appreciate at a much more sophisticated level the world in which we live, current affairs and how the economy works.

Course content

Economics is different from many A Level subjects, in that few students will have studied it at GCSE, so it is taught assuming no prior knowledge. During the course you will learn about both microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Microeconomics looks at various economic principles at what is called a ‘market level’ such as how prices in markets are determined, the impact of taxation and prices changes in markets. It also includes the role of the government in trying to influence markets, how businesses grow, and the different types of market structure from many firms to the sole supplier.

In macroeconomics, the wider whole economy or global economy is studied. For instance, how exchange rates of a country are determined and the impact that currency changes have on the economic performance of a country. It also covers why some countries enjoy faster economic growth than others, the factors leading to rising unemployment or inflation in an economy, and the impact of trading barriers on the fortunes of countries are all studied.

Assessment

Assessment is based 100% on examinations.

Financial information

We have organised trips to London to hear speakers such as BBC correspondent Hugh Pym, Larry Elliott (Guardian correspondent), Tim Harford and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling. Students will also have the opportunity to enter the Investor Challenge.

Future opportunities

Studying economics can lead to careers in the Civil Service, local government, banking, accountancy, management, journalism, the media and the legal profession. Many of the professional examinations of financial occupations have an economics component. And there’s always football management, emulating the likes of Arsene Wenger and Steve Coppell, both graduates in Economics!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Deane's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Web url: www.sjd.ac.uk

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